Augusta metro jobless rate falls below 9 percent in September

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 10:09 AM
Last updated 8:40 PM
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The last time the unemployment rate for the metro Augusta area was less than 9 percent was in April.

The rate in September was 8.6 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday, a steep decline from the 9.3 percent in August. The jobless rate was 9.5 percent in September 2011.

State labor officials said the decline comes from fewer layoffs in trade, transportation and warehousing, coupled with nearly 2,700 more people with jobs.

According to labor department data, there were 233,488 people with jobs in September in the metro area.

Five of the area’s six counties had declines from August, with Aiken County’s rate remaining unchanged.

Columbia County, at 6.6 percent, was the eighth-lowest in the state.

Among metro areas, Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.2 percent.

Metro Augusta also fell below Georgia’s unemployment rate for the first time in four months, which was 9 percent in September.

South Carolina had a 9.1 percent jobless rate in September, according to the state’s Department of Employment and Work­force.

RATES BY COUNTY

A look at county-by-county jobless rates:

COUNTY SEPT. AUG. SEPT. 2011

Aiken 8.3% 8.3% 9.4%

Burke 11.0% 12.1% 10.2%

Columbia 6.6% 7.3% 7.4%

Edgefield 8.8% 9.6% 9.9%

McDuffie 9.5% 11.6% 11.2%

Richmond 10 11.1% 10.8%

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

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TParty
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TParty 10/25/12 - 10:46 am
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What I don't get- with

What I don't get- with jobless rates still being high- why are there so many new homes and subdivisions being built? Is the population growing? People abandoning their old homes? Folks thinking that homes are cheap- buy them now and figure out how to sell them later as a profit?

I'm worried this community will have a horrible housing market soon...

stillamazed
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stillamazed 10/25/12 - 11:19 am
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Curious

I am curious as to why the closer we get to the election the more jobless rates are falling? I have seen this on the news several times this week yet I know plenty of people who are out of work...also funny how gas is going down closer to the election also. If food prices were to come down I may be impressed with that news....

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dichotomy 10/25/12 - 12:44 pm
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IT'S A MIRACLE. Two weeks

IT'S A MIRACLE. Two weeks before the election. Like last months national umemployment when, all of a sudden, 350,000 unemployed people suddenly disappeared from the count.

Make no mistake folks. Numbers are being manipulated.

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rmwhitley 10/25/12 - 05:45 pm
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massa obama
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is working miracles. Time for the Pope or Mohammed to make a saint of this chameleon.

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KSL 10/26/12 - 02:39 am
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They are, indeed. I am just glad

That is the least of what he is doing.

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KSL 10/26/12 - 02:57 am
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It could be worse. There is

TIt could be worse. There is still plenty of time to orchestrate chaos.

Now I personally don't think he plans to do that. Why would he have to? Alegedly a real estate agent is looking into his possible purchase of a 31 million dollar 'home" in Hawaii?

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wayne2410 10/26/12 - 05:55 am
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I'm skeptical of any numbers
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I'm skeptical of any numbers coming out anymore because things are so manipulated nowadays but if unemployment is coming down around here we owe it more to the Republican governer and senate in Ga than we do to anything the feds have done, which is pretty much nothing.

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