Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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December 30, 2012

Area unemployment rate declines to 9.3%

Atlanta — The Georgia Department of Labor announced this past week that the preliminary unemployment rate in the River Valley region declined to 9.3 percent in November, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 9.7 percent in October.

The rate was 9.6 percent in November 2011.

Both Crisp and Dooly counties are in the River Valley region, but unemployment in all three counties in the Dispatch coverage area remains above 10%.

The rate declined because of fewer new layoffs, represented by first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits. There were 386 fewer layoffs in construction, manufacturing, retail trade, information services, financial services, professional and technical services, administrative and support services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.  

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.2 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent in November, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in October. The rate was 9.5 percent in November a year ago.

Statewide, there were 3,984,000 jobs in November, up 9,600, or two-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,974,400 in October. Over the year, Georgia gained 61,900 jobs, or 1.6 percent, from 3,922,100 in November 2011.

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