Southern Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 5.6 percent in September

| October 31, 2016


ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia region in September was 5.6 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.5 percent in August. The rate in September 2015 was 6 percent.

The rate rose as the labor force increased by 209 to 173,939. The labor force consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed, but actively looking for jobs. While the number of employed increased by 88 to 164,195, the number of unemployed also rose by 121 to 9,744, which contributed to the rate hike.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 306, or 27.5 percent, to 807 in September. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing, along with health care and social assistance and several other service-related industries. Over the year, claims were down by 33, or 3.9 percent, from 840 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, 1,609 new job openings in the Southern Georgia region 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

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