County job­less rate de­clines to 10 per­cent

The Covington News - - The second front - RACHEL GOFF rgoff@cov­

New­ton County’s un­em­ploy­ment rate de­creased from 10.6 per­cent in July to 10 per­cent in Au­gust, ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary fig­ures re­cently re­leased by the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of La­bor. This num­ber is down from Au­gust of 2011 when the un­em­ploy­ment rate was 11.8.

Al­though New­ton County saw a drop in its job­less rate, the county and El­bert County still have the high­est rates among sur­round­ing coun­ties. Oconee and Mor­gan coun­ties were the low­est at 5.5 and 6.7 per­cent.

The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of La­bor an­nounced Thurs­day that the pre­lim­i­nary un­ad­justed un­em­ploy­ment rate in the North­east Ge­or­gia re­gion de­cline to 8.1 per­cent from July to Septem­ber. The job­less rate in North­east Ge­or­gia in Au­gust a year ago was 9.3 per­cent.

The rate de­creased be­cause there were 910 fewer lay­offs in man­u­fac­tur­ing, con­struc­tion, trans­porta­tion and ware­hous­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tive and sup­port ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices, health care and so­cial as­sis­tance, and ac­com­mo­da­tions and food

ser­vices in the re­gion. Also, the area’s la­bor force de­clined by 1,221, par­tially be­cause some students left sum­mer jobs to re­turn to school.

Metro At­lanta’s pre­lim­i­nary un­em­ploy­ment rate de­clined to 8.9 per­cent in Au­gust, down three-tenths of a per­cent­age point from 9.2 per­cent in July. The rate was 9.9 per­cent in Au­gust 2011.

In At­lanta, jobs in­creased to 2,339,000 in Au­gust, up by 12,400 from July, and up by 29,400 from 2,309,600 in Au­gust 2011.

Mean­while, Ge­or­gia’s sea­son­ally ad­justed un­em­ploy­ment rate was 9.2 per­cent in Au­gust, un­changed from July. The job­less rate was 9.9 per­cent in Au­gust a year ago.

The num­ber of jobs in the state rose by 25,100, or six­tenths of a per­cent­age point, from 3,914,100 in July to 3,939,200 in Au­gust. Ge­or­gia has cre­ated 49,700 jobs since Au­gust 2011 when there were 3,889,500 jobs.

For more in­for­ma­tion about un­em­ploy­ment locally and in Ge­or­gia, visit

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