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Macon, Warner Robins heading ‘in the right direction’ state labor official says

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The unemployment rates dropped below 5 percent in Macon and Warner Robins in September.

Even though the Macon metropolitan area lost 200 jobs for the month, the area saw its unemployment rate fall and the number of unemployment insurance claims decline, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor.

The unemployment rate for Macon was 4.8 percent in September, down from 5.4 percent in August. It was 6 percent in September 2016. Employment increased by 1,159. For the year, there were 1,927 more employed residents.

Unemployment claims were down by 8.7 percent to 547, the release said. Compared to last September claims were down by 12.6 percent from 626 in September 2016.

“When you look at the full picture and take the numbers in context, the metro Macon-Bibb economy continues to do well,” State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in the release.

Warner Robins increases number of workers

In the Warner Robins metropolitan area, the September unemployment rate, at 4.4 percent, was down from 5 percent in August. The September rate compares favorably to last September when the rate was 5.7 percent.

The number of employed residents in Warner Robins rose by 1,432 to 81,526. From September a year ago, the number of employed residents has risen by 2,623 from 78,903.

Unemployment claims were down by 5.6 percent to 351. When compared to last September, claims were down by 20.4 percent from 441.

Both regions “continue to head in the right direction,” Butler said.

Employ Georgia, the Georgia labor department’s online job listing service at www.employgeorgia.com showed 1,296 new active job postings in metro Bibb County for September and 716 in metro Warner Robins.

Visit www.dol.georgia.gov to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other labor department services for job seekers and employers and to connect on social media.

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

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