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Employers added more jobs and laid off fewer workers in Macon, Warner Robins

The number of jobs increased in the Macon and Warner Robins metropolitan areas in August.
The number of jobs increased in the Macon and Warner Robins metropolitan areas in August. Getty Images/iStockphoto

The unemployment rates for the metropolitan areas of Macon and Warner Robins were down in August.

Macon’s unemployment rate in August was 5.6 percent, down from 5.7 percent in July, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate in August 2015, was 6.4 percent.

The rate fell as employers added more jobs and laid off fewer workers.

The number of jobs increased by 400 to 104,300. Most of the job gains came in local government as the public schools reopened for the new school year.

Over the year, Macon gained 2,000 jobs, a 2 percent growth rate, from 102,300 in August 2015, the release said.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 78, or 11.1 percent, to 626 in August. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were up by 47 from 579 in August 2015.

The labor force, which consists of employed people and those who are unemployed but actively looking for jobs, declined by 984 to 105,142 in August. The number of employed residents decreased by 766 to 99,300 while the number of unemployed residents fell by 218 to 5,842.

The Warner Robins unemployment rate in August was 5.4 percent, down from 5.6 percent in July. The rate in August 2015, was 6.1 percent.

The number of jobs increased by 300 to 71,100. Most of the job gains came in retail trade and local government as the public schools reopened for the new school year.

Over the year, Warner Robins gained 500 jobs from 70,600 in August 2015.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 97, or 18.6 percent, to 424 in August. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were down by six from 430 in August 2015.

The labor force declined by 645 to 81,313 in August. The number of employed residents decreased by 468 to 76,894, while the number of unemployed residents fell by 177 to 4,419.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.4 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 6.6 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for August was 4.9 percent, down from 5 percent in July. It was 5.6 percent in August 2015.

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to use the GDOL’s online job listing service, www.employgeorgia.com/ to search for jobs or recruit new employers.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at http://dol.georgia.gov/.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz

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