Jobless number up across the state

Milam County sees full percentage point jump in unemployment

Milam County, along with all of its surrounding areas and the state of Texas saw a jump in jobless numbers for last month. The county’s unemployment rate increased to 9.0 percent, according to number released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) last week. It was the second month in a row the number has jumped, as it went from 7.5 to 7.9 percent from April to May of this year.

The TWC figures released Friday show Milam County with a civilian labor force of 11,093 for June, of which 10,093 are employed and 1,000 unemployed. The labor force is down from 11,009 in May.

The labor force and numbered of unemployed are both down from June 2011 at 11,223 and 1,151, respectively. The jobless rate at this time last year was 10.3 percent. Prior to November 2011, unemployment rates had not been below the 10 percent mark since April 2011.

Before that, the rate had been in double figures since January 2009. Area counties saw increases in jobless rates for June, ranging from 0.6 to 0.9 percent. This is also the second consecutive month for them to see a rise in unemployment percentages as well.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.0 percent in June from 6.9 last month. That is still well below the national unemployment rate of 8.2 for June and the state’s 8.1 rate of a year ago.

The Texas unemployment rate had decreased for eight consecutive months prior to May 2011. “Texas’ labor force continues to grow, and is at an all-time high of nearly 13 million workers and job seekers,” TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “People are flocking to Texas in search of jobs that employers are creating at a better rate than most other states.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest June unemployment rate in the state at 4.3 percent.

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