Jobless numbers down again this month

Milam County sees decrease for second straight month

AUSTIN—Milam County’s unemployment rate dropped for the second consecutive month according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) on Friday. The county’s not seasonally adjusted jobless rate is at 7.1 percent for September compared to 8.1 percent for August of this year.

TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 11,070 for September, of which 10,248 are employed and 822 are unemployed. The labor force is up 40 from August.

The labor force is also up for Milam County from September 2011. The jobless rate this time last year was 9.5 percent.

Area county unemployment rates also dropped compared to last month’s jobless numbers.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in September, down from 7.1 percent in August. The state’s unemploymnt rate is down from 7.9 percent a year ago, and is well below the national unemployment rate in September of 7.8 percent. Texas added 21,000 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs last month for a total of 262,700 jobs added since last year.

“We saw encouraging signs in our state’s labor market in September and a decrease in the unemployment rate last month, TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “Texas continues to add jobs and we now have a record number of people employed in our state.”

Seven of the 11 major industries in Texas expanded in September. The largest gain was in Professional and Business Services, which grew by 13,600 jobs. The industry has grown by 47,200 positions over the past year.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest September unemployment rate in the state at 3.3 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.9 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 4.4 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

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