Grady’s jobless rate remains below average

The unemployment rate for Grady County and the southwest Georgia region ticked up in January albeit only slightly, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
The Dec. 2013 rate for Grady County was 6.0 percent and in January the rate increased to 6.7 percent.
For the southwest Georgia region, the increase was one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.8 percent in December 2013 to 7.9 percent in January 2014. The rate in January 2013 was 9.3 percent for the southwest Georgia region.
Grady County’s rate remains one of the lowest in the region. Thomas County’s jobless rate grew from 6.3 percent to 7.1, while Decatur County experienced a slight improvement with the unemployment rate there dropping from 9.4 percent to 9.2 percent.
Labor Department officials say the rate increased because 5,277 new job seekers entered the workforce looking for jobs but were unable to find work immediately.
The Labor Department also reported that at the same time the number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, decreased to 2,153 down 28.8 percent for the southwest Georgia region.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7.3 percent, which is down from 7.4 percent from December. The rate was 8.6 percent in Jan. 2013.
The region with the lowest unemployment in the state in January was metro Athens with 5.4 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in central Georgia had the highest at 9.8 percent.

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