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Metro Albany’s unemployment rate declines to 9.7 percent

ALBANY — The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Albany decreased to 9.7 percent in November, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 10.4 percent in October.

The jobless rate in metro Albany in November a year ago was 10.9 percent.

The rate declined because the number of jobs increased by 600. Most of the growth was in the private service-related industries, such as trade, transportation and warehousing.

The unemployment rate will generally decline this time of year, due mostly to more retail jobs being available during the holiday season.

At the same time, the preliminary unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia area decreased to 9.3 percent in November, down from 9.9 percent in October.

The jobless rate in the Southwest Georgia area in November 2010 was 10.4 percent.

In a county-by-county breakdown of unemployment rates for November, Dougherty was at 10.9 percent, Lee was at 7.1 percent, Worth was at 9.2 percent, Baker was at 8.2 percent and Terrell was at 10.5 percent.

Metro Athens had the lowest metro rate at 6.9 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.8 percent.

By region, the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area near Dublin had the highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent. The Georgia Mountains area had the lowest regional rate at 8 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had its largest one-month decline since 1977, falling to 9.9 percent from 10.2 percent in October. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in November of last year.

The state rate dropped because of an increase of 22,400 jobs. In addition to retail trade, growth also came in financial and business services as well as education and health care.

Comments

bubbavet 2 years, 7 months ago

I AM SURPRISED IT IS THAT HIGH. YOU HAVE TO BE "ACTIVELY SEEKING EMPLOYMENT" TO BE COUNTED. DRAWING UNEMPLOYMENT WAS CONSIDERED BEING EMPLOYED AT ONE TIME IF NOT STILL.

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Black_Falcon 2 years, 7 months ago

It is not unusual for the unemployment rate to drop during the holiday season. The media will spin it as though it is good news, but in actuality, it is a common occurrence. Employers add more part-time staff to their work force to accomodate the increase in people shopping. After the holidays are over, the unemployment rate will creep back up again. I am not trying to be a pessimist, but I believe in facts not media sensationalism to spice up a headline.

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Spike 2 years, 7 months ago

The second sentence of the article addresses your point. Compared to this same time last year it dropped 1.2% which they didn't even choose to elaborate on.

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Sally_O 2 years, 7 months ago

I have been saying this for weeks. The celebration of the unemployment rate dropping is way over rated. It's holiday shopping season. Hello! If in January if the rate continues to drop, then celebrate. I don't think that will happen. Within a week these stores will start laying off these seasonal temporary employees so that the big bossman can reek in the profits and bonuses. The rate will go back into double figures.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 7 months ago

Unless more people drop of the unemployment rolls cause they have already collected the maximum amount. They will no longer be counted and the rate will go down yet again. Be prepared, the Liberal Media gonna do their best to make us think the recession is over.

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