Augusta employment up slightly in October

Jobs in the Augusta metro area ticked slightly upward in October, according to data released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.


Total jobs in the area increased 0.1 percent, or 100 jobs, from September. The picture was rosier from a year earlier, with a 0.6 percent rise in employment, or 1,300 jobs.

Sectors that increased employment for the month were service-providing, financial activities, educational and health services and state and local government.

The Georgia Department of Labor  also reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.9 percent from September to October.

According to a news release, the preliminary September rate of 10 percent reported last month has been revised downward by one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate was 10.2 percent in October 2009.

This is the 37th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent, the news release said.


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