Milam’s jobless on slow decline

Downward trend continuing in surrounding counties

AUSTIN— Unemployment rates around the area saw a slight fall for August, according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) on Friday. This is the second straight month to show the small decrease in local jobless rates.

Milam County’s August rate was at 7.2 percent, compared with 7.4 in July and 7.5 in June.

All neighboring counties also saw a decrease in unemployment numbers for the month. They saw a decrease ranging from two- tenths to six- tenths of a percentage point.

MILAM—TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 10,896 for August, of which 10,108 are employed and 788 are unemployed.

The labor force is down for the county from August 2012 where it was 11,106. Jobless rate this time last year was 7.8 percent, with 871 people unemployed.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was also dropped slightly for the month, falling from 6.5 to 6.3 from July to August. It remains to be below the national unemployment rate in August of 7.3 percent, down one-tenth from the previous month’s numbers.

“ Every major industr y in Texas showed positive annual job growth and Texas employers added 274,700 jobs over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcanter.

Texas has added 26,600 jobs over the last three months.

Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest August jobless rate in the state at 3.2 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.9 and the Amarillo MSA third at 4.7 (not seasonally adjusted).

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