Milam unemployment down to 4.6

County rate drops 0.9 percent from year-ago figure

Milam County’s unemployment rate dropped substantially in April, compared to the March and one-year-ago figures.

However. Milam continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the seven-county area it centers.

The April unemployment rate in Milam was 4.6 percent, down from 5.0 in March and down 0.9 from the April, 2014, figure, 5.5 percent.

Texas unemployment figures for April were released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) last week.

The data reports the national unemployment rate at 5.1 percent, and Texas’ rate at 4.0 percent.

The national rate is down from the March figure, 5.6 percent, and from the year-ago figure, 5.9 percent.

Texas’ unemployment rate is down from 4.2 percent in March and 4.8 in April, 2014.

Milam’s surrounding counties held steady with rates ranging from 0.1-percent to 1.1-percent below the March figures.

Bell County decreased from 4.4 to 4.3 percent between March and April.

The April, 2014 unemployment rate for Bell County was 5.4 percent.

Burleson County’s rate dropped by .1-percent, from 4.0 in March to 3.9 in April.

It was a 0.4-point decline in one year. The April , 2014, rate for Burleson County was 4.3 percent.

Falls County fell 0.3 percent during the month, from 4.3 percent in March to 4.0 in April.

Falls unemployment dropped 0.8 points during the past year. The April, 2014, figure was 5.1 percent.

Lee County’s April rate was 3.1 percent, down 0.3-prcent from 3.4 percent the previous month and down from 4.0 percent in April, 2014.

Robertson fell 0.3 percent to 3.9 percent from 4.2 in March and was down from 4.7 percent a year ago.

Williamson County was down to 3.1 percent, a 0.3 percent drop from 3.4 percent in March.

Williamson’s April, 2014, figure was 4.0 percent.

Austin Metro Area unemployment rate was put at 3.0 percent.

Bryan-College Station Metro area rate was 3.7 percent.

Lowest rate among Texas cities, for the second consecutive month was Amarillo at 2.7 percent.

The highest was McAllen Edinburg-Mission, 7.3 percent.

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