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Metro Albany's September unemployment rate rises to 10.3%

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Georgia Department of Labor NEWS RELEASE

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Albany area rose to 10.3 percent in September, up three-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 10.0 percent in August. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area increased by 194, from 7,556 in August to 7,750 in September.

In September 2008, there were 5,391 jobless workers in Albany, when the unemployment rate was 7.1 percent. The number of payroll jobs in metro Albany was 61,500, a loss of 2,400, or 3.8 percent, from 63,900 in September 2008.

Statewide, the number of payroll jobs in September was 3,844,400, a decrease of 237,100, or 5.8 percent, from 4,081,500 in September of 2008. The over-the-year losses came in manufacturing, trade, construction, and administrative support services, including temporary employment services.  Educational and health services added 13,700 jobs over the year. The state's labor force decreased 117,230, or 2.4 percent, from 4,852,086 in September 2008 to 4,734,856 in September 2009.

Meanwhile, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 10.1 percent from August to September. The rate remained above the national rate of 9.8 percent for the 23nd consecutive month.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond stressed that job creation is critical for economic recovery, with the focus being on stimulating private sector job growth, particularly through Georgia's small and medium-sized businesses. He encouraged employers and job seekers to take advantage of the opportunities available through expanded use of the Georgia Work$ (GW$) initiative. For more information about the GW$ hiring strategy, visit www.dol.state.ga.us or email inquiries to gawork$@dol.state.ga.us. GW$ telephone operators are available at 1-877-WORKS09 (1-877-967-5709.

The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us