Albany ALBANY — The Georgia Department of Labor reports that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Metropolitan Albany area declined to 9.3 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 9.4 percent in September.
The rate was 10.4 percent in October 2011. It declined over the month because the number of unemployed people dropped by 80, to 6,856 from 6,936, in September, officials from the Labor Department said.
At the same time, the preliminary unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined slightly to 8.9 percent in October, down from 9 percent in September.
The jobless rate in Southwest Georgia was 9.7 percent at the same time last year. The rate recently dropped because the number of unemployed people declined by 49, to 14,475 from 14,524, information provided by the Labor Department shows.
In a breakdown of unemployment rates for Georgia's 159 individual counties in October, Dougherty was at 10.5 percent, Lee was at 7.2 percent, Terrell was at 7.9 percent, Worth was at 8.7 percent and Baker was at 7.2 percent.
Out of 14 metro areas in Georgia, Dalton had the highest rate at 11.3 percent while Athens had the lowest rate at 6.2 percent. There were nine metro areas — including Albany — to have a decline in jobless rates, two areas that saw an increase in their jobless rates while the remaining three — Savannah, Columbus and Augusta — had rates that were unchanged for the month of October, data from the Labor Department shows.
Of 11 regions in the state, five of them — including Southwest Georgia — saw a decline. Three areas had an increase in their jobless rates while three others had a rate that was unchanged from September to October. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest rate in October at 11 percent while the Georgia Mountains area had the lowest rate at 7.2 percent.
Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.7 percent in October, which reflects a decrease of three-tenths of a percentage point from September. At this time a year ago, the jobless rate was 9.7 percent in Georgia.
Statewide, there were 3.971 million jobs in October, up 36,000, or nine-tenths of a percentage point, from 3.935 million in September. Over the year, Georgia gained 68,000 jobs from October 2011, Labor Department officials say.