Macon area job-loss rate one of Georgia's highest

The Macon metropolitan area reported a loss of 5,200 jobs in September compared to September 2008, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday.

The Macon area’s job-loss rate of 5.1 percent ranked as the fifth-highest among the state’s 14 metro areas.

The Warner Robins metro area lost 1,500 jobs during the same yearlong period. Its loss rate of 2.6 percent was one of the lowest in the state.

Dalton had the highest percentage of job losses, with 8.4 percent. Atlanta lost the most jobs: 142,800.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor also reported Thursday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 10.1 percent from August to September.

Previously, the August rate had been reported at 10.2 percent but was revised downward. The September jobless rate was up 3.5 percentage points from 6.6 percent at this same time last year. It marks the 23rd consecutive month Georgia’s unemployment rate remained above the national rate.

Though the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged from August, “underlying trends confirm continuing job market deterioration,” Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a news release.

To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.