Milam jobless numbers remain steady at 9.0%

Texas unemployment rate rises for second straight month

AUSTIN—Milam County’s jobless rate remained steady at 9.0 percent according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) last week. It was the second month in a row the number had been 9.0, as it jumped there from May to June.

The TWC figures released Friday show Milam County with a civilian labor force of 11,170 for July, of which 10,168 are employed and 1,002 unemployed. The labor force is up 77 from June.

The labor force, along with the amount of people employed and unemployed in Milam County area are less than in July 2011. The jobless rate at this time last year was 10.1 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 a variety of changes in jobless rates for July. Robertson and Williamson stayed the same compared to last month, at 8.3 and 6.5 percent, respectively.

Lee, Bell and Burleson counties all saw a drop in rates, while Falls County jobless numbers rose slightly.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.2 percent in July from 7.0 last month. That is still well below the national unemployment rate of 8.3 for July, but it is the second consecutive month for Texas’ jobless rate to rise.

The Texas unemployment rate had decreased for eight consecutive months prior to May 2011.

“I am pleased that our state’s economy has been able to show consistent growth across a variety of industries in recent years,” TWC chairman Andres Alcantar said. “Over the last two years, the Texas economy has added 457,700 total non-farm jobs.”

The education and health services industry grew more than any other major industry in Texas, adding 12,600 jobs in July. The industry has added 45,200 jobs over the year of a 3.2 percent annual growth rate.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest June unemployment rate in the state at 4.2 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 4.9 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 5.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted).


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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