November 23-- State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region saw the number of unemployed residents climb and its unemployment rate increase in October.
The October unemployment rate, at 6.1 percent, was up from 5.5 percent in September. The rate rose as the number of unemployed residents increased by 653 to 7,141. The October rate compares favorably to last October when the rate was 7.5 percent.
“Ideally, we’d rather not see the rate go up in any single month,” Butler said. “But it’s not alarming because the trend over the past year continues to look good. The numbers fluctuate from month to month.”
In October, the number of employed residents decreased by 441 to 110,794. However, there are 2,850 more employed residents now than in October 2016.
At the same time, the area’s labor force, which includes the total number of residents with jobs and those unemployed but looking for work, rose to 117,935, up by 212. The labor force is up by 1,219 since October 2016.
Unemployment claims were up by 16.5 percent to 2,223. Claims were filed in administrative and support services and manufacturing. When compared to last October, claims were up by 10.5 percent from 2,012.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 535 new active job postings in Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region for October.
The Georgia Department of Labor tracks labor force data for the state, 37 cities with populations of 25,000 or more, all 159 counties, 14 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and 11 Regional Commission (RC) areas.
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