Southwest Georgia's Unemployment Rate Declines

By: GA Department of Labor Press Release
By: GA Department of Labor Press Release

Atlanta, GA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reports that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia area decreased to 9.7 percent in October, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.9 percent in September. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 16,015, down 325 from 16,340. The jobless rate in the Southwest Georgia area in October 2009 was 10.2 percent.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.9 percent from September to October. The preliminary September rate of 10 percent reported last month has been revised downward by one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate was 10.2 percent in October 2009. This is the 37th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent.

Although the state's jobless rate was unchanged, the number of payroll
jobs increased 22,300, or six-tenths of a percentage point, from
3,815,400 in September to 3,837,700 in October. Most of the increases
came in retail trade, temporary employment agencies, public and private
schools, and health care. However, the number of jobs remains 7,200, or
two-tenths of a percentage point, less than in October 2009, when there
were 3,844,900 payroll jobs.

Also, 57,494 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment
insurance (UI) benefits in October, an increase of 348, or six-tenths of
a percentage point, from 57,146 in September. However, there was an
over-the-year decrease of 13,103 initial claims, or 18.6 percent, from
70,597 filed in October 2009. Most of the first-time claims were filed
in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, administrative and support
services, and construction.

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


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