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UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN IN METRO ROME, NORTHWEST GEORGIA

Written by Matt Davis on March 30, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the preliminary unemployment rate for metro Rome declined to 10.9 percent in February, down from a revised 11 percent in January.  Metro Rome’s jobless rate stood at 10.8 percent in February 2011.

The rate decreased due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services.  The GDOL has also reported that the preliminary unemployment rate for the Northwest Georgia area declined to 9.6 percent in February, down from a revised 9.8 percent in January.  Northwest Georgia’s jobless rate stood at 10.5 percent in February 2011.

The state’s lowest unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in Athens.  The highest was 12.3 percent in Dalton.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February has declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent, the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.  That number is down from a revised 9.2 percent in January.  Georgia’s jobless rate stood at 9.9 percent in February 2011.

The number of jobs in February increased by 15,600 to 3,880,400, with 70 percent of the February growth coming in the private sector.  Newly revised numbers also show that Georgia gained 41,800 jobs in the past 12 months.

The employment sectors showing the most growth over the year were: professional and business services by 28,000 jobs, retail trade by 12,700, education and health care by 8,300 and manufacturing by 4,200.

Take a look at Georgia labor market data and learn about job search assistance from the Georgia Department of Labor online at www.dol.state.ga.us.

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