Milam’s jobless rate remains steady at 6.2 percent

Rest of area unemployment numbers fluctuate

AUSTIN— Unemployment rates stayed steady in Milam County for February, but neighboring county numbers fluctuated for the month, according to numbers recently released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Milam County’s February non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, the same as it was in January and up just a tenth from December’s 6.3. The county’s rate had fallen the three previous months.

Neighboring counties’ rates were all over the board, ranging from twotenths up to four-tenths down for the month.

MILAM— TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 11,005 for February, of which 10,319 were employed and 686 were jobless. The labor force is up for the county from February 2013 where it was 10,941. It is also up 185 from just last month.

Jobless rate this time last year was 8.2 percent with 895 unemployed.

STATEWIDE— Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also remained steady for the month, staying at 5.7. It remains below the national unemployment rate in February of 6.7 percent, up one-tenth from the previous month’s numbers.

“ The Texas economy added 314,200 jobs over the year for an annual growth rate of 2.8 percent ,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest February jobless rate in the state at 3.0 percent. The Odessa MSA had the second lowest at 3.7 percent and the Amarillo MSA was third at 4.2 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

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