Jobless Up in Macon, Down in Warner Robins

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Updated: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:13:30 EST

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Macon’s unemployment rate increased to 7.7 percent in January, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.6 percent in December. The rate was 9.4 percent in January a year ago.

In Warner Robins, the unemployment rate decreased to 6.5 percent in January, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 6.7 percent in December. Warner Robins was one of three of the 14 Georgia metro areas where the rate declined in January. The rate was 7.6 percent in January a year ago.

In Macon, the rate rose primarily because the number of jobs decreased to 97,800, down by 1,900, or 1.9 percent, from 99,700 in December.

Most of the losses came in trade, transportation, and warehousing (900), professional and business services (200), leisure and hospitality (100), education and health care (100), financial services (100) and state government (100).

There were 97,600 jobs in the area in January 2013. Although the metro area lost jobs in January, the loss was less than the five-year average January loss of 2,500 jobs.

At the same time, the number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, decreased in January to 1,282, down by 642, or 33.4 percent, from 1,924 in December.

Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing, accommodations and food services, and administrative and support services. There were 1,479 claims in January 2013.

In Warner Robins, the rate declined primarily because the number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, decreased to 533, down by 336, or 38.7 percent, from 869 in December.

Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing and accommodations and food services.  There were 576 claims in January 2013.

At the same time, the number of jobs in Warner Robins decreased to 58,300, down by 600, or 1.0 percent, from 58,900 in December. Most of the losses came in retail trade (300) and federal government (100).

There were 59,600 jobs in the area in January 2013. Although the metro area lost jobs in January, the loss was less than the average January loss of 800 jobs for the last five years. 

Across Georgia, Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.4 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.8 percent. 

Statewide, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7.3 percent, down from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.employgeorgia.com.

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