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NE Ga.'s unemployment rate rises to 6.6 percent in January

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State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said metro Gainesville's unemployment rate increased to 5.9 percent in January, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.7 percent in December. The rate was 7.4 percent in January a year ago.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday morning that the unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia region increased to 6.6 percent in January, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 6.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.3 percent in January a year ago.

The rate rose primarily because the number of unemployed people increased by 647, up to 19,445 from 18,798 in December.

Metro Gainesville's unemployment rate increased to 5.9 percent in January, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.7 percent in December. The rate was 7.4 percent in January a year ago.

The rate rose primarily because the number of jobs in Metro Gainesville decreased to 76,600, down by 1,000, or 1.3 percent, from 77,600 in December. Most of the losses were seasonal in service-related industries (900), retail trade (200), and local government (100). Some of the losses were offset by small gains in other sectors. Although the metro area lost jobs in January, the loss was less than the average January loss of 1,900 jobs for the last five years.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.4 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.8 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7.3 percent, down from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted.
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