New­ton’s Bax­ter, now re­named Bax­alta

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As metro At­lanta un­em­ploy­ment dropped, so has New­ton County’s.

The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of La­bor an­nounced Thurs­day that Fe­bru­ary’s un­em­ploy­ment rate for New­ton County was 7.1 per­cent. That is down slightly from Jan­uary’s rate of 7.3.

By the num­bers, 3,425 New­ton res­i­dents were un­em­ployed of the 48,053-mem­ber la­bor force. Those num­bers are sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than a year ago, when 8.8 per­cent of New­ton res­i­dents were unem- ployed in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

There was 7.2 per­cent un­em­ploy­ment for New­ton County in De­cem­ber 2014.

Rock­dale County’s un­em­ploy­ment rate is also down slightly, dip­ping to 7 per­cent in Fe­bru­ary from 7.1 per­cent in Jan­uary 2015. Of the 42,302-per­son la­bor force, 2,961 were re­ported un­em­ployed by GDOL.

State la­bor of­fi­cials say metro At­lanta’s un­em­ploy­ment rate has dropped to 6.1 per­cent as em­ploy­ers cre­ated more jobs and laid off fewer work­ers.

The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of La- bor on Thurs­day an­nounced the new rate for Fe­bru­ary, which is down from 6.2 per­cent in Jan­uary.

Fe­bru­ary’s job­less rate is also down from 7.1 per­cent from Fe­bru­ary 2014.

Metro Gainesville had Ge­or­gia’s low­est area job­less rate for Fe­bru­ary at 5.1 per­cent.

The Heart of Ge­or­gia-Al­tamaha re­gion had the high­est at 8.1 per­cent.

The lo­cal area un­em­ploy­ment rates are not sea­son­ally ad­justed.

Statewide, Ge­or­gia’s sea­son­ally-ad­justed un­em­ploy­ment rate for Fe­bru­ary was 6.3 per­cent.

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