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Georgia’s unemployment rate rises in January

March 2, 2006
from the Department of Labor

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the state’s unemployment rate rose to a preliminary 5.1 percent in January, up two-tenths of one percent from a revised 4.9 percent in December. Georgia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in January of 2005.

Georgia’s rate either topped or matched the comparable national rate for the 10th consecutive month. The U.S. rate also stood at 5.1 percent in January.

While Georgia lost 71,500 jobs from December to January, it has gained 81,600 over the past 12-month period. Most of the jobs lost from December to January were seasonal jobs in trade, services, and construction. During the same one-month period last year, Georgia lost 58,500 jobs, with many of those in trade, services, and construction, too.

The 14 metro areas of the state and their job losses from December to January include:

- Albany, down 1,300, or 2.0 percent, from 66,000 to 64,700.

- Athens, down 1,700, or 2.1 percent, from 80,400 to 78,700.

- Atlanta, down 45,100, or 1.9 percent, from 2,384,600 to 2,339,500.

- Augusta, down 1,800, or eight-tenths percent, from 216,000 to 214,200.

- Brunswick, down 600, or 1.3 percent, from 45,100 to 44,500.

- Columbus, down 2,600, or 2.1 percent, from 124,300 to 121,700.

- Dalton, down 1,900, or 2.4 percent, from 79,400 to 77,500.

- Gainesville, down 700, or 1.0 percent, from 70,700 to 70,000.

- Hinesville, down 100, or six-tenths percent, from 17,700 to 17,600.

- Macon, down 1,500, or 1.5 percent, from 102,300 to 100,800.

- Rome, down 900, or 2.1 percent, from 43,900 to 43,000.

- Savannah, down 2,100, or 1.4 percent, from 154,400 to 152,300.

- Valdosta, down 900, or 1.6 percent, from 55,200 to 54,300.

- Warner Robins, down 400, or seven-tenths percent, from 53,600 to 53,200.

Georgia labor market data are not seasonally adjusted and are available at www.dol.state.ga.us

 

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