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Unemployment rate, number of jobs both rise

March 23, 2006
Georgia Department of Labor Press Release

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the state’s unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in February, up one-tenth of one percent from a revised 5.0 percent in January.

Georgia’s jobless rate stood at 5.5 percent in February of 2005.

Georgia added 23,300 jobs from January to February and has gained 88,600 over the past 12-month period. Most of the jobs gained from January to February were in the service-related industries.

During the same one-month period last year, Georgia added 20,700 jobs, with many of those also in services.

The 14 metro areas of the state and their job changes [ increases ] from January to February include:

- Albany, up 400, or six-tenths percent, from 64,800 to 65,200.

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- Athens, up 600, or eight-tenths percent, from 78,700 to 79,300.

- Atlanta, up 16,600, or seven-tenths percent, from 2,342,500 to 2,359,100.

- Augusta, up 900, or four-tenths percent, from 214,100 to 215,000.

- Brunswick, up 300, or seven-tenths percent, from 44,600 to 44,900.

- Columbus, up 400, or three-tenths percent, from 122,100 to 122,500.

- Dalton, up 500, or six-tenths percent, from 77,800 to 78,300.

- Gainesville, up 100, or one-tenth percent, from 70,000 to 70,100.

- Hinesville, up 200, or 1.1 percent, from 17,600 to 17,800.

- Macon, up 400, or four-tenths percent, from 100,900 to 101,300.

- Rome, up 300, or seven-tenths percent, from 43,100 to 43,400.

- Savannah, up 1,100, or seven-tenths percent, from 152,500 to 153,600.

- Valdosta, up 700, or 1.3 percent, from 54,400 to 55,100.

- Warner Robins, up 100, or two-tenths percent, from 53,200 to 53,300.

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

 

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