Milam rate only one in area to rise

County jobless numbers up three-tenths from October

AUSTIN—Milam County’s unemployment rate jumped three-tenths of a point this month, making it the only area county to not drop in its jobless rate. The county’s not seasonally adjusted jobless rate is at 7.5 percent for November, according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce (TWC) on Friday.

Milam County’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in October.

Bell County dropped half a percentage point from last month, followed by Robertson and Burleson counties falling 0.4 percent and Williamson, Falls and Lee counties dropping 0.3 percent.

TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 11,028 for November, of which 10,206 are employed and 822 are unemployed. The labor force is down 54 from October.

The labor force is up for Milam County from November 2011 where it was just 10,940. The jobless rate this time last year was 8.6 percent.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent in October. The state’s unemployment rate is down from 7.2 percent a year ago, and is well below the national unemployment rate in November of 7.7 percent.

“ Texas employers have added 278,800 jobs over the past 12 months with growth in 10 of 11 industry sectors during that period,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “TWC is committed to working with our local workforce development boards and other partners to deliver quality workforce solutions that contribute to economic sucess.”

Eight out of 11 major industries in Texas added jobs in November. Trade, Transportation and Utilities led the way with 20,600 jobs added over the month—the largest montly jump ever seen in that industry.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest November unemployment rate in the state at 3.0 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.6 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 4.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

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