Metro Valdosta’s unemployment rate rises to 5.3 percent in September

| October 27, 2016


ATLANTAThe Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Valdosta’s unemployment rate in September was 5.3 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.1 percent in August. The rate in September 2015 was 5.6 percent.

The rate rose as the labor force increased by 289 to 63,829. The labor force consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed, but actively looking for jobs. While the number of employed increased by 184 to 60,453, the number of unemployed also rose by 105 to 3,376, which contributed to the rate hike.

The number of jobs in Valdosta was unchanged at 56,000 from August to September. However, over the year, there was a gain of 700 jobs, a 1.3 percent growth rate, up from 55,300 in September 2015. Most of the job gains came in the service industries, such as trade, transportation and warehousing, along with the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 99, or 30.8 percent, to 222 in September. Most of the decrease came in several industries, including manufacturing, administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, along with trade, transportation and warehousing. Over the year, claims were down by 52, or 19 percent, from 274 in September 2015.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.4 percent, while the Heart of Georgia- Altamaha region had the highest at 6.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for September was 5.1 percent, up from 4.9 percent in August. It was 5.6 percent in September 2015.

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to use the GDOL’s online job listing service, to search for jobs or recruit new employers. In September, 652 new job openings in Valdosta were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 82,056 new job openings were posted.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

To learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers, and to connect with us on social media, visit


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  1. John Taylor says:

    there has been no new meaningful industry or jobs come to this area in a long time.

    the average family income is way below state average.

    yet, the industrial authority and others take taxpayer $$$ and accomplishes nothing.