ATLANTA - This month's reports on jobs gains and losses and filings for unemployment insurance (UI) claims in Georgia are mixed.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says that for the 12 months ending in October, the number of first-time unemployment claims rose but there were more new jobs to be had. At the same time, the department reported that the October unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, the lowest in four years. (See earlier story.)
Breaking some of that data down to individual areas, the department says Gainesville again lead the state in jobs creation between Oct. 2011 and Oct. 2012, adding 3,100 jobs, a 4.1 percent increase. Athens was second with a 3.3 percent increase and metro Atlanta third, 1.5 percent.
Dalton had the worse showing in jobs gains/losses, losing 2,400 - a 3.8 percent decline, followed by Augusta and Columbus.
As for first-time unemployment insurance claims, Gainesville was in the middle of the pack among the state's 14 metro areas, with an 8.3 percent decline. Metro Atlanta showed a 6.7 percent decrease. Dalton lead the state, with a 41.8 percent reduction in such claims, followed by Albany and Valdosta. At the other end of the spectrum, Columbus realized an increase of 17 percent, Savannah an increase of 1.1 percent and Athens. 0.4 percent.
County-by-county unemployment rates will be issued next week.