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Metro Augusta's unemployment rate rose to 9 percent in January

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Georgia labor officials said a loss of seasonal jobs and an increase in new layoffs pushed the Augusta area’s unemployment rate higher in January.

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the metro jobless rate was 9 percent, up from 8.6 percent in December.

The rate is slightly lower than for the previous January, which was 9.1 percent.

The number of initial claims for unemployment, tied to many of the seasonal layoffs, rose from 2,125 to 2,304. Most of the claims were filed in construction, trade, transportation and warehousing, professional and technical services, and administrative and support services.

The number of initial claims, however, is down by 504 from January a year ago.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.7 percent, unchanged from December.

The unemployment rate increased for all of Georgia’s metro areas. Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at 11.9 percent.

COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT
COUNTYJAN. 2013DEC. 2012JAN. 2012
Burke12.5%11.8%11.9%
Columbia6.7%6.6%6.6%
McDuffie10.1%9.6%10.7%
Richmond10.3%9.9%10.4%

Source: Georgia Department of Labor

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PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 03/14/13 - 11:42 am
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This is the longest

This is the longest "recession is over" that I have ever experienced. I believe there are more unemployed that are not being counted.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/14/13 - 12:43 pm
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This is our generation's

This is our generation's Depression, it'll never go back to the way it was. And the recession isn't over, not by a long shot.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/14/13 - 12:45 pm
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Jobs right here

We have to find a way to keep our jobs in this country....we can check our purchases.....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/15/13 - 07:22 am
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Take out Columbia County and

Take out Columbia County and the numbers really look bad for the Augusta area...well above the state average.

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