Northwest Georgia's Unemployment Rate Decreases To 8.3 Percent; Dalton's Down To 10.3 Percent In August

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region decreased to 8.3 percent in August, down 1.1 percent from 9.4 percent in July. The rate was also 9.4 percent in August a year ago.

The rate dropped because there was a significant reduction in layoffs. There were 3,085 new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance, which are 3,201, or 50.9 percent, fewer than the 6,286 in July. Much of the decline came in manufacturing, with additional reductions in administrative and support services, construction, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined by 6,808 to 408,269 in August, down from 415,077 in July. And, it was also down by 4,591 from 412,860 in August 2012.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.9 percent.

Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate decreased to 10.3 percent in August, down 2.0 percent from 12.3 percent in July. The rate was 11.4 percent in August a year ago.

The rate dropped because there was a significant reduction in layoffs and an increase in the number of jobs.

There were 825 new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance, which are 1,459, or 63.9 percent, fewer than the 2,284 in July. Much of the decline came in manufacturing, with additional reductions in administrative and support services and transportation and warehousing.

Over-the-year, the number of initial claims was down by 201, or 19.6 percent, from 1,026 in August 2012. Reductions were mostly in manufacturing, trade, finance and insurance, and administrative support services.

There were 62,900 jobs in metro Dalton in August, up by 300, or five-tenths of a percentage point, from 62,600 in July. The increase came mostly in the goods-producing sector, including manufacturing and construction, along with state government.

Metro Dalton lost 200 jobs, or 0.3 percent, since August 2012 when there were 63,100. The losses were mostly in textile manufacturing.

The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined by 1,684 to 57,938 in August, down from 59,622 in July. And, it was also down by 1,500 from 59,438 in August 2012.

Over-the-year, the number of initial claims was down by 998, or 24.4 percent, from 4,083 in August 2012. Reductions were mostly in manufacturing, construction, trade, transportation and warehousing, professional and technical services, and administrative and support services.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.7 percent, down from 8.8 percent in July. The rate was 9.0 percent in August a year ago.

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

Connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @GeorgiaDOL. You can access all pages via our website at www.dol.state.ga.us


Transportation Coalition Of Tennessee Announces Inaugural Members

The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee announced on Thursday that 30   organizations, including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, AARP and the Tennessee County Commissioners Association, have joined the coalition in support of its mission to educate the public and work with state legislators to reform Tennessee’s transportation fund. The statewide coalition formed ... (click for more)

Baker Donelson Ranked 30th In 6th Consecutive Year On Fortune's 100 Best Companies To Work For List

The law firm of Baker Donelson has once again been named one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. In its sixth consecutive year to be included, Baker Donelson is ranked 30th, earning its highest ranking yet and its second consecutive year as the highest ranked law firm on the prestigious list, which recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.  ... (click for more)

Judge Orders Cortez Sims Tried As Adult After Emotional Testimony At Juvenile Court In Shooting Of 4

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw on Thursday morning ordered that 17-year-old Cortez Sims be tried as an adult in a College Hill Courts shooting that left one woman dead, a toddler paralyzed, and two others wounded. The order was given after emotional testimony from two of the victims in the Jan. 7 early morning mass shooting at 773 W. Main St. Bianca Horton and Marcell "Baby ... (click for more)

EPB Lays Out Plans To Provide All Of Bradley County With High-Speed Internet, TV Service; Cost Is Up To $60 Million

In what was hailed as a big win for rural Bradley Countians, EPB officials laid out a plan Thursday night to reach the community with currently unavailable high-speed internet. EPB CEO Harold DePrist told a capacity crowd at the Bradley County Courthouse that the expansion would serve roughly 1,000 people, about 800 of whom have no current option other than dial-up. The ... (click for more)

How To Kill Small Business And Education In Chattanooga

   I would just like to say that the weathermen of Chattanooga have done something I thought only a union could do. They have undone all the economic good that VW has brought to our area. Their erroneous and hysteric forecasts are in my opinion purposefully done to benefit their corporate owners so viewers and readers flock to their felonious broadcasts and yellow ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: America’s Newest Darling

Minutes after I read a letter on Rebekah Gregory’s Facebook page yesterday, I was mere seconds from summoning the marching band, our prancing elephants, and the flag-bearers so we could rightfully induct this dazzling survivor of the Boston Marathon blast into my personal Hall of Fame. I do that, you know, when I see everyday people display courage, kindness, guts, brilliance, ... (click for more)