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Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 3:47am

Local Jobless Rates Fall

Updated: 2 years ago.
Fewer layoffs and a shrinking labor force pushed unemployment down in all of Georgia’s metropolitan areas last month. (GPB File Photo.)

The state Labor Department reported last week statewide unemployment held steady at 9.2 percent in August.

But fewer layoffs and a shrinking labor force pushed unemployment down in all of Georgia’s metropolitan areas last month.

The local area unemployment rates are not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations.

Labor officials said students leaving summer jobs and returning to school accounts for some of the drop in labor force.

Georgia Metro Area Unemployment – August 2012


Albany – 9.9 percent (10.3 percent in July)

Athens – 6.7 percent (7.3 percent in July)

Atlanta – 8.9 percent (9.2 percent in July)

Augusta – 9.4 percent (9.8 percent in July)

Brunswick – 10.1 percent (10.7 percent in July)

Columbus – 9.3 percent (9.8 percent in July)

Dalton – 11.6 percent (12.1 percent in July)

Gainesville – 7.2 percent (7.7 percent in July)

Hinesville – 9.1 percent (9.6 percent in July)

Macon – 9.7 percent (10.1 percent in July)

Rome – 10.3 percent (10.6 percent in July)

Savannah – 8.6 percent (9.1 percent in July)

Valdosta – 8.7 percent (9.1 percent in July)

Warner Robins – 7.6 percent (8.1 percent in July)

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