Jobless rate in Georgia remains low at 5.8 percent

ATLANTA – Georgia’s jobless rate held steady in September at 5.8 percent, down from 6.9 percent in September 2014.

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) said in a statement that the preliminary unemployment rate in August had been reported earlier at 5.9 percent, but was revised downward.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained at 5.1 percent from August 2015 to September 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

“While the unemployment rate held steady in September, our employers continued to grow jobs,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We saw 9,100 jobs created in September, which is one-and-a-half times the number we’ve averaged from August to September for the last three years. We created well over 80,000 jobs over the year.”

According to GDOL:

  • The number of jobs in Georgia increased to 4,269,400 in September, up 0.2 percent, from August.
  • Much of the growth, 5,400 jobs, came in state and local government, as public schools reopened.
  • Education and health services added 3,200 jobs. Additional gains include: manufacturing, 2,100; trade, transportation and warehousing, 900; other services, 700; leisure and hospitality, 500; information services, 400; and construction, 200.
  • The job gains were offset somewhat by losses in professional and business services, 3,400, and financial activities, 700.
  • Over the previous three years, the state has gained an average of 6,000 jobs from August to September.

Over the year, there were 84,200, or 2.0 percent, more jobs than in September 2014. Most of the job growth in Georgia came in trade, transportation and warehousing, 26,100; leisure and hospitality, 17,700; education and health services, 15,100; professional and business services, 12,800; government, 5,600; manufacturing, 2,800; financial activities, 1,900; information services, 1,400; and construction, 1,100.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, rose by 593 or 2.3 percent, to 26,928 in September, mostly due to an increase in temporary claims filed in manufacturing.

However, over the year, claims were down by 3,271, or 10.8 percent, from 30,199 filed in September 2014. The decline came in a number of industries, including accommodations and food services, administrative and support services, manufacturing, health care and social assistance, and transportation and warehousing.

Source: Georgia Department of Labor

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