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Unemployment rates in metro Macon, Warner Robins up slightly in January

The unemployment rates in metropolitan Macon and Warner Robins rose to 5.8 percent in January.

The rate was up from 5.5 percent in Macon, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate in January 2015 was 7 percent.

The number of jobs in Macon last month decreased to 102,300, down 1.9 percent, from 104,300 in December, the release said. However, over the year, Macon gained 2,200 jobs, a 2.2 percent growth rate, up from 100,100 in January 2015.

And, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 250 to 1,113 in January. However, over the year, claims were down by 91 from 1,204 in January 2015.

The January unemployment rate in Warner Robins was up from 5.4 percent in December. The rate in January 2015 was 6.7 percent.

The number of jobs in Warner Robins decreased to 70,200, down by 700, or 1 percent, from 70,900 in December. However, over the year, Warner Robins gained 900 jobs, a 1.3 percent growth rate, up from 69,300 in January 2015.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 466 to 1,056 in January. Also, over the year, claims were up by 333 from 723 in January 2015.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 7.2 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for January was 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in December. It was 6.3 percent in January 2015.

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

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223 or follow her on Twitter@MidGaBiz.

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