Valdosta area lost more than 1,000 jobs in 2015

| January 29, 2016


VALDOSTA – According to reports from the Georgia Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for the metro Valdosta area it at its lowest point in almost eight years, but over 1,000 job were lost in 2015.

The Valdosta metropolitan area covers Lowndes, Lanier, Brooks and Echols counties. The area’s unemployment rate for December 2015 was unchanged from the month before at 5.3 percent, the lowest since June 2008.

December saw an 9.8 percent increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance, with most coming from manufacturing. Overall claims for 2015 were down by 25.7 percent.

Despite the drop, Valdosta lost 1,100 jobs in 2015, mostly service industry and government positions.

Valdosta’s December unemployment rate was slightly lower than the state’s. Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.5 percent.


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  1. Phil says:

    How does the math work on that ? Lost 1,100 jobs in the area but the unemployment rate is lower.

    • J says:

      In my eyes, the govt has always “cheated” in calculating unemployment. Here how they do it.

      People are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work. Actively looking for work may consist of any of the following activities:
      -An employer directly or having a job interview
      -A public or private employment agency
      -Friends or relatives
      -A school or university employment center
      -Submitting resumes or filling out applications
      -Placing or answering job advertisements
      -Checking union or professional registers
      -Some other means of active job search

      Passive methods of job search do not have the potential to connect job seekers with potential employers and therefore do not qualify as active job search methods. Examples of passive methods include attending a job training program or course, or merely reading about job openings that are posted in newspapers or on the Internet.

      Workers expecting to be recalled from temporary layoff are counted as unemployed whether or not they have engaged in a specific job seeking activity. In all other cases, the individual must have been engaged in at least one active job search activity in the 4 weeks preceding the interview and be available for work (except for temporary illness).

      So basically, if you are not employed, able to work, but are not actively searching for a job, they do not include you in these numbers.

  2. Camille says:

    Probably because the unemployment rate includes only those actively seeking work. It does not include those who give up. Those who give up include various categories of people– There are those who just rely on a husband or wife’s income. There are those who just crash at their parents or brother or sisters house til they can get it together. There are those who actually become so clinically depressed they cannot work any longer, and then they apply for Social Security disability.

    • Camille says:

      P.S. This is the same throughout the entire country, not just Valdosta. In fact, Valdosta is so much better than many places.

      • Gomez Tankeray says:

        Yup, especially if you like dead end jobs and stupid high cost of living for the type of locale.

        • Steve says:

          The Valdosta area job market caused me to flee to Chattanooga TN for work. Best decision I ever made. Most of my family, except for the retired has followed suit.