Local Unemployment Rate Drops


According to reports released by the Georgia Department of Labor, the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Savannah went down to 8.3 percent in October, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.5 percent in September.

The number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 14,540, down 329 from 14,869. The jobless rate in the metro Savannah area in October 2009 was 8.5 percent.

The Department of Labor also reported that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia area decreased to 8.7 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in September. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 26,838, down 419 from 27,257. The jobless rate in the Coastal Georgia area in October 2009 was also 8.7 percent.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate saw no decline. The preliminary September rate of 10 percent reported last month has been revised downward by one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate was 10.2 percent in October 2009. Georgia’s rate continues to be higher than that of the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent.

Although the state’s jobless rate was unchanged, the number of payroll jobs increased 22,300, or sixtenths of a percentage point, from 3,815,400 in September to 3,837,700 in October. Most of the increases came in retail trade, temporary employment agencies, public and private schools, and health care. However, the number of jobs remains 7,200, or two-tenths of a percentage point, less than in October 2009, when there were 3,844,900 payroll jobs.

Also, 57,494 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in October, an increase of 348, or six-tenths of a percentage point, from 57,146 in September. However, there was an overthe year decrease of 13,103 initial claims, or 18.6 percent, from 70,597 filed in October 2009. Those reporting claims for the first time were workers in the areas of manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, administrative and support services, and construction.


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