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November 1-- Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Heart of Georgia’s unemployment rate for September was the lowest ever recorded for the area. 

The 17-county region also increased its number of employed residents in September. Meanwhile, more unemployment claims were filed.

 Most indicators were positive for the year.   

“It’s exciting to see so many of our communities across the state doing so well,” Butler said. “We continue to add jobs and see the unemployment rate fall. Even better, people are getting hired - often at record levels.”

The unemployment rate for September, at 4.1 percent, was down .7 percent over the previous month. A year ago, the rate was 5.8 percent. The September rate tied for 11th among the 12 regions.

The labor force in Heart of Georgia fell by 608 in September to reach 116,560. That number is down by 1,895 over the past year, an average monthly decrease of about 155. 

Heart of Georgia gained 255 employed residents in September, pushing the total to 111,789. The number is up 184 for the year, or about 15 per month.

Claims for unemployment insurance were up by 42 percent in September. They were down by 40 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.

The Heart of Georgia region includes Appling, Bleckley, Candler, Dodge, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, Wheeler, and Wilcox counties.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 434 active job postings in metro Heart of Georgia for September.

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