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Saturday, 29 September 2012

September 29-- The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area rose to 12.2 percent in August, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 12 percent in July. The rate was 12.5 percent in August 2011.

The rate increased because there were 125 more unemployed people in the area.  

The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha Regional Commission had the highest area rate in the state, while metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.7 percent. 

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in August, unchanged from July. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent in August a year ago.

The number of jobs in the state rose by 25,100, or six-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,914,100 in July to 3,939,200 in August. Georgia has created 49,700 jobs since August 2011 when there were 3,889,500 jobs.

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

The highest unemployment rate in Georgia is the 17-county Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region surrounding Toombs County.

The Georgia Department of Labor says the jobless rate in the area in August was 12 point two percent, up slightly from July.  That’s three percent higher than the state average and four percent higher than the national average which remains above eight percent.

Jeff Davis County has the highest unemployment rate of 14.5 percent with the lowest rate in Tattnall County with 9.8 percent. Treutlen County has a jobless rate of 13.9 percent, Montgomery County is at 11.4 percent and Toombs County’s rate is 11.1 percent which equates to more than 15-hundred people out of work.



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