Southwest Georgia’s Jobless Rate Declines to 9.0 Percent in September

By: Press Release: Director of Communications Email
By: Press Release: Director of Communications Email

ATLANTA – October 27, 2012

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia area declined to 9.0 percent in September, down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.4 percent in August. The rate was 10 percent in September 2011.

The rate declined primarily because there were 370 fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services, plus 1,037 more people were employed.

Metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.2 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.2 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9.0 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in August. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in September a year ago.

While the state lost 400 jobs from August to September, it actually gained 61,800 jobs since the 3,877,600 in September of 2011, climbing to 3,939,400.

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

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