Milam’s jobless rate falls again

Texas, U.S. numbers also fall for third consecutive month

AUSTIN— Unemployment rates fluctuated for Milam and neighboring counties in January, according to numbers recently released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Milam Count y’s Januar y non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, compared with 6.3 in December.

This was the third straight month for the county’s jobless numbers to fall.

Neighboring counties saw a decrease as much as onetenths to an increase as much as three-tenths.

MILAM— TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor fore of 10,820 for January, of which 10,152 were employed and 668 were jobless. The labor force is up for the county from January 2013 where it was 10,009.

Jobless rate this time last year was 8.7 percent with 955 unemployed. Compared to last month, the labor force is up 14 persons from 10,806.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ season- ally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly for the month, falling to 5.7 percent from 6.0 percent in December. It remains below the national unemployment rate in January of 6.6 percent, down one-tenth from the previous month’s numbers.

“ The decline in our state’s unemployment rate and the addition of 33,900 jobs in January are positive signs, and I’m encouraged that the Texas economy has started the year on a strong note,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “All 11 major industries added jobs over the year, highlighting the favorable economic conditions in Texas for employers and job seekers.”

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