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Posted: Thursday, September 27th 2012 at 5:59am

NE Ga.'s jobless rate declines to 8.1 percent in August

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Metro Gainesville declined to 7.2 percent in August, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in July. The rate was 8.1 percent in August 2011.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia area declined to 8.1 percent in August, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 8.6 percent in July. The rate was 9.3 percent in August 2011.

The rate decreased because there were 910 fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services. Also, the area’s labor force declined by 1,221, partially because some students left summer jobs to return to school.

Metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha Regional Commission had the highest at 12.2 percent.

Metro Gainesville declined to 7.2 percent in August, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in July. The rate was 8.1 percent in August 2011.

The jobless rates for the AccessNorthGA.com coverage area are as follows:

Hall(7.2%); Banks(6.7%); Barrow(8.2%); Dawson(7.8%); Forsyth(6.8%);
Gwinnett(7.9%); Habersham(9.2%); Lumpkin(9.4%); Jackson(8.7%); White(8.8%).

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.


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