Milam County, area rates on the rise

County jobless numbers up three-tenths from November

AUSTIN— Milam Count y’s unemployment rate jumped threetenths of a point for the second month in a row,with its seasonally adjusted jobless rate is at 7.8 percent for December, according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce (TWC) on Friday.

Milam County’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in November and 7.2 in October.

All but one of the surrounding counties also hikes in their jobless rates. Bell, Falls, Robertson, Burleson and Williamson counties all increased, whereas Lee County remained steady with a 4.2 percent rate, the same as it was in November.

TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 11,040 for December, of which 10,179 are employed and 861 are unemployed. The labor force is up 12 from November.

The labor force is up for Milam County from December 2011 where it was just 10,971. The jobless rate this time last year was 8.5 percent.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.1 percent in December, down from 6.2 percent in November. The state’s unemployment rate is down from 7.4 percent a year ago, and is well below the national unemployment rate in December of 7.8 percent.

“In December, we saw annual growth in 10 major industries, for an overall annual growth of 2.5 percent in Texas,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said”

Six out of 10 major industries in Texas added jobs in December, led by 13,300 jobs added in Professional and Business Services—the largest over-the-month expansion for this industry since January 2012.

The Midland Metropol itan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest November unemployment rate in the state at 3.1 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.7 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 4.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

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