County’s jobless rate continues to fall

Unemployment numbers unsteady across the area

AUSTIN— Milam Count y’s unemployment rate dropped seven tenths of a point for the month, with its seasonally adjusted jobless rate at 6.7 percent for April, according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) on Friday.

The rate shows a slight declining trend for the county, with its unemployment rate at 7.4 in March and 8.0 in February.

The decrease for the county was the highest drop in the area, as neighboring counties ranged from an increase of two-tenths of a point to a drop by four-tenths of a point for the month.

TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 11,178 for April, of which 10,433 are employed and 745 are unemployed.

The labor force is up for Milam County from April 2012 where it was 11,100. The jobless rate this time last year was 7.4 percent.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed the same for the month at 6.4 percent, where it has been since February. It remained well below the national unemployment rate in April of 7.5 percent, down one-tenth from last month.

“All major industries in Texas added jobs over the last 12 months and our civilian labor force is at an all-time high with more than 12.7 million workers,” said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar. “This is an encouraging period of growth for our state and we will work with our partners to keep Texas the top choice of business in the country.”

Over the month, eight of the 11 major industries in Texas saw positive growth. Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 16,000 jobs in April. The state’s largest industry, it has grown by 58,400 jobs over the year.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest April unemployment rate in the state at 3.0 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.7 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 4.4 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

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