Metro Atlanta Jobless Rate Rose Slightly In January

Toni Houston
March 18, 2017

The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that the jobless rate in metropolitan Dalton in January rose by 1.1 percentage points to 7.1 percent.

Nonfarm payrolls rose by a healthy 235,000 in February from the prior month, the Labor Department reported last week, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.7%.

The annual number of layoffs and discharges, after increasing over the past two years, declined to 19.9 million from 20.9 million the previous year. These are normal seasonal fluctuations for January.

The number of jobs decreased by 900, or 1.6 percent, to 55,700. Job losses came in the service industries, including trade, transportation and warehousing, and education and health services, along with government.

However, over the year, 1,100 jobs were added, a 2.8 percent growth rate, up from 39,800 in January 2016. In January 2016, the rate was 6.2 percent.

The labor force includes those who are employed and those without jobs but actively looking for work. The number of employed resident dropped by 889 to 229,332. Over the year, the number of people in the labor force increased by 5,627, as the number of employed grew by 5,549 and the number of unemployed increased by 78.

According to the NC governor's office, the counties effected the most by unemployment rates were Hyde County with an increase of 16.3 percent.

Continuing claims, the current number of individuals filing for unemployment insurance benefits, fell by 30,000 to 2,030,000 for the week ended March 4.

IL recorded the second largest increase, behind NY, in the number of initial claims for the week ended March 4, at a gain of 2,552, 548 less than the year-ago period.

Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the US economy, declined by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 241,000 in the week ended March 11, the Labor Department said Thursday. In January, 2,692 new job openings in the Northwest Georgia region were posted on Employ Georgia.

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