Milam’s jobless rate falls for second straight month

Texas, U.S. numbers also fall for month

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

Milam County’s December non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 6.3 percent, compared with 6.6 in November. It was 6.7 for October.

MILAM—TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 10,806 for December, of which 10,120 are employed and 686 are jobless.

The labor force is down for the county from December 2012 where it was 11,082. Jobless rate this time last year was 7.7 percent, with 856 people unem- ployed.

Neighboring counties saw drops ranging from one- to fourtenths of a percentage point compared to last month.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was also dropped slightly for the month, falling from 6.1 to 6.0 from November to December. It remains to be below the national unemployment rate in December of 6.7 percent, down three-tenths from the previous month’s numbers.

This is the fifth consecutive month for the state’s rate to fall.

“ Our year certainly ended on a positive note, with private sector employers adding 243,200 jobs over the year, and 18,900 jobs in December” Hope Andrade, TWC Commissioner Representing Employers, said.

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