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Area Unemployment Highest in Georgia
Thursday, 26 December 2013

December 26-- The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region decreased to 10 percent in November, down eight-tenths of a percentage point from 10.8 percent in October. The rate was also 10.8 percent in November a year ago.

The rate declined in November primarily because the number of unemployment insurance claims was down and the number of unemployed people fell.

The number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, decreased to 1,812, down by 913, or 33.5 percent, from 2,725 in October. Claims declined in several sectors, including manufacturing, administrative and support services, retail trade, and accommodations and food services.  There were 2,277 claims in November 2012.

Unemployment decreased to 12,037, down by 1,218 from 13,255 in October. There were 13,299 unemployed in November 2012. Not all unemployed people are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. 

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10 percent. 

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent in October. The rate was 8.7 percent in November a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us

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