State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today the unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia Region fell in September as the number of employed residents increased.
The September unemployment rate, at 4.5 percent, was down from 5 percent in August. The September rate compares favorably to last September when the rate was 5.8 percent.
“The combination of a falling unemployment rate and an increase in the number of employed residents shows a region on the rise,” Butler said. “Seeing the number of jobs increase is always a good indicator. However, seeing the number of employed Georgians increase is the ultimate positive result.”
Butler said Wednesday that in September the number of employed residents increased by 1,950 to 170,848. There were 6,770 more employed residents in the area than in September 2016.
Unemployment claims were up by 13.1 percent to 1,004. Temporary claims filed in manufacturing drove the increase. When compared to last September, claims were up by 24.4 percent from 807.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 1,166 new active job postings in Southern Georgia for September.
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DATA FOR THE METRO AREAS ARE ATTACHED. TABLES AND GRAPHS REFLECTING LABOR MARKET DATA ARE AVAILABLE AT http://dol.georgia.gov/current-labor-force-data-and-graphs