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Macon unemployment rate unchanged in October; declines in Warner Robins

Metro Macon’s unemployment rate for October was 7.7 percent, unchanged from September.

The rate in October of last year was 8.4 percent, according to a news release Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor.

While the rate was unchanged, the Macon area added 700 jobs in October. The total number of jobs increased to 99,700, up from 99,000 in September.

There was also an over-the-year gain of 1,000 jobs from 98,700 in October 2013, the release states.

Also, 1,110 new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in October, an increase of 32.9 percent, from 835 in September. Over the year, claims were down by 77 from 1,187 filed in October 2013.

The metro Warner Robins’ unemployment rate for October was 6.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent in September. The rate in October of last year was also 7.1 percent.

The rate fell as Metro Warner Robins added 500 jobs in October, the release stated. The total number of jobs increased to 58,800, up 0.9 percent from September. However, there was an over-the-year loss of 100 jobs from 58,900 in October 2013.

Also, there were 507 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in October, an increase of 113 from 394 in September. Over the year, claims were down by 110 from 617 filed in October 2013.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.4 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.3 percent.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov.

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