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The State's Highest Unemployment Rate
Thursday, 14 March 2013

March 14-- The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region rose to 11.9 percent in January, up six-tenths of a percentage point from 11.3 percent in December. The rate was 11.8 percent in January 2012.

The rate rose because 2,593 more job seekers entered the labor force looking for work. Of that number, 1,540 found jobs, but 1,053 did not and that forced the rate up. 

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.9 percent. 

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.7 percent, unchanged from December. The rate was 9.3 percent in January a year ago.

COUNTY

JANUARY 2013

JANUARY 2012

APPLING

11%

10.9%

CANDLER

11.2%

10.6%

EMANUEL

11.4%

11.1%

JEFF DAVIS

14%

14.1%

MONTGOMERY

10.5%

11.1%

TATTNALL

10.8%

10.5%

TOOMBS

11.7%

11.2%

TREUTLEN

14.5%

14.6%

WHEELER

9.8%

10.5%

GEORGIA

8.7%

9.3%

 

 
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