Milam County rates down for February

Jobless numbers decrease around area

AUSTIN—Milam County’s unemploy ment rate dropped half of a point for the month, with its seasonally adjusted jobless rate at 8.0 percent for February, according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce (TWC) on Friday.

Milam County’s unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in January.

The decrease for the county was about average for the area, where neighboring counties saw decreases from 0.1 to 0.8 percent for the month.

TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 11,145 for February, of which 10,255 are employed and 890 are unemployed.

The labor force is down four from January.

The labor force is up for Milam County from February 2012 where it was just 11,106. The jobless rate this time last year was 8.7 percent.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.4 percent in February, up from 6.3 percent in January. The state rate had been declining for six consecutive months prior to January. However, it remained well below the national unemployment rate in February of 7.7 percent.

“The Texas economy continues to expand, and the addition of 80,600 jobs in February is good news for job seekers,” said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar. “With businesses expanding in 11 major industries over the year, including 4.3 percent annual growth rate in the Goods Producing industries, TWC stands ready to help Texans take advantage of these opportunities.”

Texas’ Goods Producing sector, compromised of Construction, Mining and Logging and Manufacturing, has seen positive growth with 21,200 jobs added over the month.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest February unemployment rate in the state at 3.2 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.8 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 4.6 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA had the state’s highest rate at 11.0 percent. Brownsville-Harlingen MSA was next at 10.4 percent.

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