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UNEMPLOYMENT UP FROM DECEMBER TO JANUARY IN METRO ROME, NWGA

Written by Matt Davis on March 13, 2013. Posted in News/Weather

The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the unemployment rate in metro Rome rose to 10.2 percent in January, up from 9.4 percent in December.  The rate stood at 11 percent in January 2012.

The rate increased for two primary reasons – a loss of seasonal jobs and an increase in new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits.

The number of jobs declined by 800, or 2.0 percent, from 39,200 in December to 38,400 in January.  However, metro Rome started the year with 500 more jobs than in January a year ago.  Jobs were up by 1.3 percent over the year, from 37,900 in January 2012.  The job increases came mainly in education and health care, manufacturing, and trade, transportation, and warehousing.

The number of initial claims for unemployment benefits in metro Rome, tied to many of the seasonal layoffs, rose by 722, or 88.9 percent, from 812 to 1,534.  The majority of the claims were filed in manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, and health care and social assistance.

The GDOL has also announced that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region rose to 9.3 percent in January, up from 8.8 percent in December.  The rate stood at 10 percent in January 2012.

The rate rose due to 6,668 more new claims for unemployment insurance benefits in construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, and health care and social assistance.  Claims rose by 107.2 percent, from 6,220 in December to 12,888 in January.

Metro Athens had the state’s lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at 11.9 percent.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from December to January at 8.7 percent.  The rate was 9.3 percent in January 2012.

Take a look at Georgia labor market data and learn about job search assistance from the Georgia Department of Labor online at www.dol.state.ga.us.

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