Metro Augusta unemployment rises to 9.5 percent in October

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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Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us

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