Most metro areas had lower January jobless rate

Augusta among 345 cities with lower unemployment rate

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The unemployment rates in almost all metropolitan areas dropped in January from a year earlier, and a majority were lower than the national rate, the Labor Department said on Friday.

Hundreds of people showed up for a job fair at the Goodwill Job Connection on Peach Orchard Road. Georgia's unemployment rate is 9.2 percent, higher than the national rate of 8.3 percent.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Hundreds of people showed up for a job fair at the Goodwill Job Connection on Peach Orchard Road. Georgia's unemployment rate is 9.2 percent, higher than the national rate of 8.3 percent.

Jobless rates decreased in 345 of the 372 areas, which typically include a city and its surrounding suburbs, and those in Decatur, Ala., and Monroe, Mich., dropped the most.

At the same time, 201 areas recorded January unemployment rates below the U.S. rate of 8.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted. Frequently, the Labor Department will adjust jobs numbers to account for seasonal factors such as holiday hiring or weather.

The seasonally adjusted national jobless rate in February and January was 8.3 percent.

While the effects of the recession that began in 2007 were nearly uniform across the country, the recovery has been far more uneven, with areas where housing had fueled the local economies still hurting.

The states of Nevada and California have the highest unemployment rates in the country, and their limping job markets can be seen on the local level.

El Centro, an inland town in southern California, held the highest unemployment rate in the country in January, 26.4 percent, followed by Arizona’s Yuma, where the rate was 24.5 percent. Ten of the other 11 areas with jobless rates of at least 15 percent or more were in California.

Of the 49 areas with a population of 1 million or more, Nevada’s Las Vegas-Paradise region had the highest jobless rate, 13.1 percent.


Augusta was among the 345 metro areas in the nation with a lower January unemployment rate than the previous January. It was not, however, lower than the national jobless rate of 8.3 percent.

January 2012: 9.1 percent

January 2011: 9.3 percent

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scorehouse 03/23/12 - 10:19 pm
wow! a .002 percent drop in a

wow! a .002 percent drop in a year. that's progress. at this rate in 20 years we'll be at a respectable 5.1%. total bs these unemployment figures.more interested in the number of people working from one year to the next.

scorehouse 03/24/12 - 09:38 am
agree. u definitely need to

agree. u definitely need to education yourself. i'm curious where all the college grads that can't find jobs in the last 4 years are reflected in the unemployment stats? they aren't eligible to file for unemployment so they are no there. so where are they? out of work but under the radar. they don't exist. government stats are just another lie gladly reported by the lapdog press. remember when the press used to actually question the government?

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