Unemployment rates fall in Macon, Warner Robins

pramati@macon.comDecember 26, 2013 

Macon and Warner Robins saw decreases in their unemployment rates in November, marking the lowest rates in both cities since 2008.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Macon’s unemployment rate fell from 8.4 percent in October to 7.6 percent in November. It marked the lowest rate since November 2008, when unemployment was 7.1 percent.

Macon-area employers added 1,000 new jobs in November, increasing the number of jobs by 1 percent over the previous month. The number of jobs has increased by 1.3 percent since November 2012. The job gains have come in trade, transportation and warehousing; professional and business services; education and health services; leisure and hospitality; and financial services.

Layoff numbers decreased by 26.5 percent, from 1,187 in October to 872 in November.

Meanwhile, Warner Robins’ unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent in November, down from 7.2 percent in October. It marks the lowest unemployment rate since it was 6.4 percent in 2008. The number of new layoffs fell by 42.5 percent from October to November.

Overall, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent the previous month.

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