State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from September. The state added 26,500 jobs last month.
Georgia's manufacturing sector is hiring but the jobless rate isn't going down. Some manufacturers are pointing to a shortage of skilled workers as one reason the state isn't reaping the benefits of an uptick in manufacturing. Some manufacturers are having to search outside the state for workers with highly techical skills.
Teen unemployment in Georgia is 37.3 percent and the highest in the nation, according to a 12-month analysis by the Employment Policies Institute. Meanwhile, Georgia’s overall unemployment rate was 10-point-2 percent in February.
Nearly three-quarters of Georgia’s 159 counties have double-digit unemployment, above the state average of 10.4 percent. But it’s a different story in middle Georgia around Warner Robins, where the 7.8 percent unemployment rate is attributed to the large number of jobs at Robins Air Force Base.
With Georgia unemployment at 10-percent and still higher than the national average, any news of an opening is going to attract a crowd. In coastal Liberty County, there's a rush of job-seekers to a metal forging facility opening soon.
Work Ready has used about $1.4 million in stimulus funds. And the state has certified 56 counties as "Work Ready," meaning that they've met educational and other goals. Rural areas, however, have few employers that recognize the certificate and even fewer are hiring.