Southwest Georgia Jobless Rate Increases to 9.6% in January

By: Georgia Department of Labor Release
By: Georgia Department of Labor Release

ATLANTA – March 15, 2012 -

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in Southwest Georgia rose to 9.6 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.3 percent in December. The jobless rate in Southwest Georgia in January a year ago was 10.3 percent.

Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 7.1 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the sixth month in a row to 9.2 percent in January, the lowest rate since March of 2009 when it was 9.1 percent. That is a decline of two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.4 percent in December. The jobless rate was 10.1 percent in January a year ago.

Statewide, the rate went down because about 13,000 more Georgians were employed in January than in December. Also, newly revised numbers show that Georgia gained 83,700 jobs in the last 12 months. This is the largest January to January job growth since 2006.

Among the sectors showing growth over the year, professional and businesses services gained 37,000 jobs, retail trade gained 15,100, health care and social assistance grew by 11,100, and manufacturing gained 7,300.


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  • by STEVE on Mar 15, 2012 at 03:43 PM
    Don't tell Obama,he keeps saying unemployment is going down and the economy is good.What a crock he is.He fooled a bunch of you the first time. I hope you learned something from his deceit.
  • by just do it on Mar 15, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    So how's that "hope and change" working out for you? You need to get out and vote and send Obummer packing in November. He is incompetent.
  • by goodbudd Location: ga on Mar 15, 2012 at 02:04 PM
    If unemployment is down Then how come Ga unemployment is broke. Its a lie they contol the numbers If you loose your job more than once your not counted the 2nd time.Its first time claims that count What about if your on unemploment more than 6 months those numbers arnt counted you go into the unemployable stop looking for work catagory where are those numbers. I would say South Ga is around 20% unemployed and 20% under employed
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