Augusta metro unemployment rate rises

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 2:01 PM
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A higher number of unemployed on the South Carolina side of the metro area caused the jobless rate to tick slightly upward in December.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Augusta’s jobless rate was 8.9 percent in December, up from 8.7 percent in November. The unemployment rate in December 2010 was 8.8 percent.

For the six-county area, there were 236,142 people with jobs and 22,994 unemployed in December. The number of unemployed jumped 432 people from November, most of that increase coming from Aiken County.

The local rate remains better than the state averages: 9.5 percent in South Carolina and 9.7 percent in Georgia.

Richmond and Columbia counties were unchanged. Burke, McDuffie, Aiken and Edgefield counties all had increases in the jobless percentage.

Columbia County at 6.9 percent is the fifth-lowest in Georgia.

BY THE NUMBERS

A look at the county-by-county jobless numbers:

Richmond: 9.9 percent in December, unchanged from November, down from 10.1 percent in December 2010

Columbia: 6.9 percent in December, unchanged from November, unchanged from December 2010

Burke: 11.3 percent in December, up from 10.8 percent in November, up from 11.1 percent in December 2010

McDuffie: 10.8 percent in December, down from 10.9 percent in November, up from 10.1 percent in December 2010

Aiken: 8.5 percent in December, up from 8.0 percent in November, up from 8.3 percent in December 2010

Edgefield: 9.5 percent in December, up from 8.7 percent in November, up from 9.2 percent in December 2010

Sources: Georgia Department of Labor, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

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Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/26/12 - 03:01 pm
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No surprise here. With an

No surprise here. With an avowed ant-capitalist in the White House it's not going to get much better any where anytime soon....

kmb413
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kmb413 01/26/12 - 03:22 pm
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Countyman, please explain.

Countyman, please explain.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/26/12 - 03:49 pm
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What are the seasonal

What are the seasonal readjusted unretouched recalculated unemployment numbers?

countyman
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countyman 01/26/12 - 05:25 pm
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The local rate change .2%

The local rate change .2% from November to December.. Aiken county had the biggest impact due to the loss of SRS stimulus jobs.. The 8.9% of metro Augusta is lower than the 9.5% in SC and 9.7% in Georgia.. Let's look at the unemployment rate around the end of 2012 and early 2013.. Once the NSA, Rockwood, Bridgestone, Plant Vogtle, etc really crank up..

corgimom
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corgimom 01/26/12 - 05:54 pm
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Yeah, look at the

Yeah, look at the unemployment rate at the end of 2012, now that the military is going to suffer severe cuts.

You know, the military, one of the major employers in the CSRA.

countyman
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countyman 01/26/12 - 06:18 pm
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Is the National Security

Is the National Security Agency going to suffer any cuts?? Infact they're adding 45k sq. ft. to their 500k sq. ft. building.. The jobs at Plant Vogtle, Bridgestone, Rockwood, Algae Bioenergy, etc have nothing to do with the military...

Do you realize how many contractors, construction workers, etc will be here during 2012?? Plant Vogtle and the NSA equal thousands of new transplants in the metro area.. Some of those million dollar homes in the city limits of Hephzibah belong to people working at Plant Vogtle..

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 01/26/12 - 06:23 pm
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If I were educated enough, if

If I were educated enough, if I were considered intelligent enough, to work for the NSA then I would be smart enough to reside in any place other than RC.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 01/26/12 - 09:35 pm
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I agree corgimom, it will be
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I agree corgimom, it will be horrible. Sickening isn't it??? Like the military is the appropriate place to be cutting anything period when you have so many who refuse to work and live off the government without contributing anything but more dependents and crime!!! Nooooo lets not stop any of those leeches from bleeding taxpayers dry.... lets cut our military and put people who WANT to work out of work. Wonder who came up with that?

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 01/27/12 - 05:54 am
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Bridgestone has been in

Bridgestone has been in Edgefield county for how long now. And they are just now really cranking it up?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/27/12 - 07:30 am
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walrus...That is a

walrus...That is a mouthful......:)

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