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Unemployment rates drop in Macon, Warner Robins in February

The unemployment rates in Macon and Warner Robins dipped slightly in February.

Metro Macon’s unemployment rate for February was 6.8 percent, down from 6.9 percent in January, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate was 8.1 percent in February 2014.

The number of jobs increased by 100 to 101,300 in February from January. There was an over-the-year gain of 2,400 jobs, or 2.4 percent, from 98,900 in February 2014, the release stated.

The number of new claims for unemployment insurance filed in February decreased to 870 from 1,204 in January.

Metro Warner Robins’ unemployment rate for February was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in January. The rate in February 2014 was 7.4 percent.

There were 408 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in February, down from 723 in January. Over the year, claims were down by 101 from 509 filed in February 2014.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.1 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for February was 6.3 percent, down from 6.4 percent in January. It was 7.3 percent in February 2014.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Additional information can be found at www.gdol.ga.gov.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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