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Area Leads State in Unemployed
Thursday, 27 March 2014

March 27--  The 17 counties which make up the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha Regional Development Commission continue to lead  the state in folks who are out of work.  However, the unemployment rate in the area is down according to the state Department of Labor.

The unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region decreased to 9.7 percent in February, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.9 percent in January. The rate was 11 percent in February a year ago.

The rate declined because there were 1,647, or 49.1 percent, fewer new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance. There were 1,705 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in February, down from 3,352 in January.  Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing, administrative and support services, and trade, transportation and warehousing. There were 1,735 claims in February 2013.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 7.1 percent, down from 7.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.5 percent in February a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.employgeorgia.com  

 

 
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