Moultrie Observer

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December 29, 2012

Jobless rate improves in Southwest Georgia

MOULTRIE — Southwest Georgia’s unemployment rate declined slightly in November, with Colquitt and most nearby counties also recording improvement.

For the Southwest Georgia region, the unemployment rate dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in October to 8.8 percent in November, the Georgia Department of Labor reported this week.

The agency said that fewer new layoffs were behind the decline in the rate, with 20 fewer layoffs in construction, retail trade, information services, financial services, professional and technical services, administrative and support services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

Closer to home, the Colquitt County unemployment rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point, from 9.2 percent in October to 8.8 percent in November.

Among neighboring counties, the unemployment rate in Brooks County declined from 7.8 percent in October to 7.6 percent in November, in Mitchell County from 8.8 percent to 8.6 percent, in Thomas County from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent, and in Tift County from 9.6 percent to 9.4 percent.

Two counties, Cook and Worth, posted an increase in unemployment, from 10.6 percent to 10.9 percent and 8.6 percent to 8.7 percent, respectively.

The Department of Labor reported that statewide the number of jobs grew by 9,600 in November to 3,984,000. Over the year employers in the state added 61,900 jobs, up 1.6 percent from November 2011.


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