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October 26-- State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today the unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region fell in September as the number of employed residents increased.

The September unemployment rate, at 5.6 percent, was down from 6 percent in August. The September rate compares favorably to last September when the rate was 7 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 1,086 to 111,273. There were 4,051 more employed residents in the area than in September 2016.

Unemployment claims were up by 112.7 percent to 1,908. Most of those were temporary claims filed in manufacturing.  When compared to last September, claims were up by 78.5 percent from 1,069.

“The region continues to head in the right direction,” Butler said.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 689 new active job postings in Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region for September.