Milam’s jobless rate dips to 6.6%

Texas, U.S. numbers also fall slightly

AUSTIN—Unemployment rates for most of the area saw a decrease for November, according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) on Friday.

Milam County’s November non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 6.6 percent, compared with 6.7 in October.

All except one neighboring counties also saw a decrease in unemployment numbers for the month as well.

MILAM—TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 10,565 for Novem- ber, of which 9,952 are employed and 705 are unemployed.

The labor force is down for the county from November 2012 where it was 11,081. Jobless rate this time last year was 7.50 percent, with 736 people unemployed.

Robertson County was the only neighboring county to see an increase in its unemployment for the month, rising fourth-tenths of a percentage point from 5.9 to 6.3 percent. All the other neighboring counties saw a drop in jobless numbers from one-tenth to half a percentage point.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was also dropped slightly for the month, falling from 6.2 to 6.1 from October to November. It remains to be below the national unemployment rate in October of 7.0 percent, down three-tenths from the previous month’s numbers.

“ The four th consecutive decrease in the unemplyment rate is a welcome sign for Texans in search of work,” Ronny Congleton, TWC Commissioner Representing Labor, said.

Total nonfarm employment in Texas rose by an estimated 28,700 positions in November, according to the TWC.

Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest October jobless rate in the state at 2.9 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.5 and the Amarillo MSA third at 4.1 (not seasonally adjusted).

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