Milam jobless drops half point

Area counties also see decrease in unemployed

AUSTIN—Unemployment rates saw a good decline in Milam and neighboring counties in March, according to numbers released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Milam County’s March non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, compared with 6.2 in February.

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

Neighboring counties saw a decrease from fourtenths to seven-tenths for the month.

MILAM—TWC figures for Milam County showed a civilian labor force of 11,068 for March, of which 10,437 were employed and 631 were jobless. The labor force is up for the county from February where it was 10,995.

Jobless rate this time last year was 7.4 percent in the county with 809 unemployed.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly for the month, falling to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent in February. It remains below the national unemployment rate in March of 6.7 percent, up one-tenth from the previous month’s numbers.

Employers in Texas added 9,100 jobs in March for a total of 310,000 jobs added over the year, TWC officials said. The annual growth rate for total nonagricultural employment has remained at or above 2.6 percent since January 2012.

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