Macon unemployment rate unchanged; Warner Robins rate up

lmorris@macon.comJanuary 30, 2014 

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Macon’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent from November to December but was down from 9.1 percent in December 2012.

While the unemployment rate was unchanged month to month, the number of jobs in metro Macon declined by 200 to 101,200 in December. The loss was mostly in education, health care and from companies that produce goods.

However, the year-over-year job numbers show an increase of 1,600 jobs, or 1.6 percent, since December 2012, when there were 99,600 jobs.

The unemployment rate for metro Warner Robins increased to 6.7 percent in December, up from 6.4 percent in November. The rate was 7.5 percent in December a year ago.

The rate rose because the number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, increased to 869, up from 355 in November. Claims increased mostly in manufacturing. There were 418 claims in December 2012.

However, while there was an month-over-month job gain, metro Warner Robins lost 400 jobs between December 2012 and December 2013, mostly with the federal government.

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