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December 26, 2013

Tift County’s jobless rate drops in November

TIFTON — The Georgia Department of Labor announced this week that the unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia region decreased to 8.4 percent in November, down six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in October. The rate was 9.8 percent in November a year ago.

Tift County, which is a part of the Southern Georgia region, saw a 0.8 percent drop from October, 8.8, to November, 8.0. The 8.0 percentage is a huge drop from November 2012, which saw the unemployment rate in the county at 9.6 percent.

Here is a look at other counties in the Tiftarea, comparing the umemployment rate for October, November and Novemer 2012. They are Ben Hill, 11.0, 11.0, 12.2; Berrien, 9.7, 9.0, 10.4; Cook, 10.4, 10.0, 11.0; Irwin, 11.0, 9.1, 12.1; and Turner, 7.8, 7.3, 8.9.

Worth County is the only county in the Tiftarea not in the Southern Georgia region, as it is listed in the Albany area. In November, the jobless rate in Worth County was 7.5 percent, down 0.4 percent from October, 7.9; and down 1.4 percent from November 2012.

The rate declined in November primarily because the number of unemployment insurance claims was down and the number of unemployed people fell.

The number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, decreased to 1,391, down by 255, or 15.5 percent, from 1,646 in October. Claims declined in several sectors, including administrative and support services, trade, transportation and warehousing, and professional and technical services, along with construction. There were 2,550 claims in November 2012.

Unemployment decreased to 14,206, down by 1,176 from 15,382 in October. There were 17,238 unemployed in November 2012.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10 percent.  

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent in October. The rate was 8.7 percent in November a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.

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