Augusta, Georgia unemployment rate unchanged in September

The number of jobs in the Augusta metro area remained virtually unchanged in September as Georgia’s unemployment rate remained locked at 10 percent.

The metro area reported 100 fewer private sector jobs in September compared to August, a decline of 0.1 percent, according to data released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor. Total government jobs remained the same.

“Our state’s job market remains weak and employers have not resumed hiring at a pace necessary for recovery,” said state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. “Employers are hesitant to commit to the financial risks associated with hiring and training new employees in an uncertain economy.”

Sectors that lost jobs for the month in the Augusta metro area were manufacturing, service-providing, retail trade, financial activities, educational and health services, leisure and hospitality and trade transportation and utilities, according to the data.

Sectors that gained jobs were mining, logging and construction, wholesale trade, and professional and business services.

The number of jobs available in September did increase 1.3 percent from a year earlier for a net gain of 2,700 jobs.

Initial jobless claims also decreased between August and September, as well as from September of the previous year.

The Augusta metro area reported 1,796 initial unemployment insurance claims in September, which was about a 23 percent decrease both from August and the same month of the previous year.

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 10 percent from August to September.

According to a news release, the rate was 10.1 percent in September 2009. This is the 36th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent.

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