Metro Augusta unemployment rate down to 6.3 percent

Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:10 AM
Last updated 6:15 PM
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The gain of hospitality, retail and business services jobs in April, much of it stemming from the Masters Tournament, pushed the metro Augusta unemployment rate down to 6.3 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the metro’s unemployment rate was a slight drop from the 6.6 percent in March. The rate was 7.6 percent in April a year ago.

Labor Department data said there were 246,242 people with jobs in the area and 16,570 unemployed. The department reported last week that there were 4,700 jobs added to the metro area’s payrolls in April.

It is the best April jobless rate since 2009, but it was 5 percent in 2008 and as low as 3.4 percent in 2000.

For the six counties that make up the Augusta metro statistical area, only Richmond County had a higher jobless percentage than March. Columbia County, at 5.2 percent, was tied for sixth-lowest in the state.

Comparing other metro areas in Georgia, Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.9 percent, and Dalton had the highest at 8.2 percent. In South Carolina, metro Greenville and Charleston had the lowest at 4.2 percent, while Florence had the highest at 5.9 percent.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 7 percent, unchanged from March. The rate was 8.3 percent in April a year ago. South Carolina reported 5.3 percent unemployment for April, a decline from March.


Richmond County: 8.3 percent in April, up from 8 percent in March, down from 8.7 percent in April 2013

Columbia County: 5.2 percent in April, down from 5.5 percent in March, down from 6.2 percent in April 2013

Aiken County: 4.8 percent in April, down from 5.6 percent in March, down from 6.9 percent in April 2013

Burke County: 8.1 percent in April, down from 8.3 percent in March, down from 11.1 percent in April 2013

Edgefield County: 5.5 percent in April, down from 6.6 percent in March, down from 7.4 percent in April 2013

McDuffie County: 7.3 percent in April, down from 7.7 percent in March, down from 8.9 percent in April 2013

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

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LuvMyTown 05/22/14 - 07:15 am
Luv good news!

Looks like good work from our development agencies and good policies from above are moving Augusta forward.

nocnoc 05/22/14 - 08:11 am

How many of these NEWS JOBS are really just 32+ Hrs jobs reduced
to <30 hours to get get around Obamacare rules?

It seem a lot of employers are either cutting staff or their hours and hiring additional Part-timers.

Example: We were at North Augusta Buffet earlier this week our server was handling 1/2 of the left side tables (20+). Plus she was doing other jobs normally handled by other staff previously.

Normally there would have been 4 servers, plus others.
The Buffet even took the Sauces off the tables, so you have ask for steak sauce or ketchup.

She said they cut staff, because the many more senior people refused the cut in hours.

nocnoc 05/22/14 - 08:44 am
The New Federally Aproved

Minimum Dress code is helping.

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