Metro Augusta unemployment rises to 9.5 percent in October

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009 8:50 AM
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The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Augusta area rose to 9.5 percent in October, up one-tenth of one percentage point from a revised 9.4 percent in September.

According to a news bulletin issued this holiday morning, the number of unemployed workers in the area increased by 243, from 24,209 in September to 24,452 in October.

In October a year ago there were 18,227 jobless workers in Augusta, when the unemployment rate was 7 percent.

The number of payroll jobs in metro Augusta in October 2009 was 209,700, a loss of 5,600, or 2.6 percent, from 215,300 in October 2008, the bulletin reported.

Statewide, the number of payroll jobs in October was 3,858,800, a decrease of 227,700 or 5.6 percent, from 4,086,500 in October of 2008.

According to the Labor Department, the over-the-year losses came in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, professional and business services and construction. Educational and health services added 13,200 jobs over the year.

The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Elsewhere in the state, the Department of Labor says the unemployment rate in metro Atlanta remains the same as a month earlier.

In the Albany area, the rate rose to 10.5 percent in October, up from 10.2 percent from September.

The Athens-area state was reported at 7.2 percent, Macon's was 9.9 percent, Savannah's 8.3 percent and Valdosta's 8.4 percent.

Overall, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 10.2 percent in October, up from 10.1 percent in September.

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Taylor B
Taylor B 11/26/09 - 10:04 am
Lower taxes! You cannot tax

Lower taxes! You cannot tax your way into properity! We need businesses in Augusta. There is no reason for us not to have more industry. Now Augusta wants to raise the sales tax? I have a plan!

tazkarz 11/26/09 - 10:12 am
with the may people are

with the may people are losing there jobs how are people to survive my husband has been out for over a year with no luck of a job and unemployment has run out we do not even have money for utilities and food what are you to do?quit raising TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wizzardx1 11/26/09 - 12:07 pm
How is this "change" working

How is this "change" working for everybody?mmm mmm obama mmm mmm Seems his WH security is so good,a couple (salahi)crashed his party.And we trust him with national security.

corgimom 11/26/09 - 01:28 pm
wizzard, you are confusing

wizzard, you are confusing the President with the Secret Service, which is paid for by our tax dollars. It's not "his" security.

charliemanson 11/26/09 - 04:08 pm
Wizzard: Change is working

Wizzard: Change is working well for the some. Warren Buffet states that his third quarter net income has tripled from 1.06 billion to 3.24 billion dollars. This proves that not everyone is hurting. Just the poor. Or should we say that the poor aren't looking hard enough for a job??? lol.

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