Unemployment in Georgia remains the same in January - CBS46 News

Unemployment in Georgia remains the same in January

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Georgia's unemployment rate was unchanged in January, remaining at 8.7 percent from December, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The DOL said the jobless rate was 9.3 percent a year ago.

Despite a loss of 47,700 mostly seasonal jobs and more initial claims for unemployment benefits this month, the unemployment rate was unaffected.

"The good news in this report is that we lost the fewest jobs for January since 1987," State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said. "And, we start the year with 79,600 more jobs in January than we had in the same period a year ago."

Most of the job growth in the last year was in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, education and health care, trade, transportation, and warehousing, as well as manufacturing.

Butler said Georgia's labor force grew larger to 4,846,362 in January, which is its highest level since July 2008.  

The number of long-term unemployed workers declined by 3,700 to 191,300 in January, its lowest level in 35 months.

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