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Jobless rate rises between April, May for sixth year
by Tom Spigolon
July 03, 2012 12:50 PM | 1119 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Douglas County’s unemployment rate increased between April and May for the sixth consecutive year in 2012, a state labor analyst said.

Corey Smith of the Georgia Department of Labor said the Douglas County jobless rate grew from 8.8 percent in April to 9.1 percent in May.

“The growth in the rate this May marks the sixth straight year that the county has seen the rate grow from April to May,” he said.

“The higher rate in May 2012 comes as both the number of employed residents and unemployed residents both increased.”

Employed Douglas County residents increased by 266 — from 62,139 to 62,405 — between April and May. Unemployed residents also increased by 256 — from 5,961 to 6,217, according to labor department figures.

Initial claims for jobless benefits also increased from April to May, rising from 555 filings in April to 676 filings in May, Smith noted.

Industries where jobless claims increased and contributed to the higher unemployment rate include Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Construction, he said.

In May 2011 the unemployment rate in the county was 10.0 percent and 666 initial claims for jobless benefits were filed.

A separate report on cities’ unemployment rates showed Douglasville at 10.2 percent in May, up from 9.8 percent in April. The city’s May 2011 jobless rate was 11.8.

Roswell in north Fulton County reported the lowest city rate in Georgia at 6.4 percent. East Point in south Fulton County had the highest city rate at 13.3 percent.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Labor said the preliminary unemployment rate in the 28-county metro Atlanta region rose to 8.6 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in April. The rate was 9.5 percent in May 2011.

The rate increased because the labor force grew by 16,578 job seekers, and while most found jobs within the month, 6,008 did not. Also, there were 269 new layoffs in professional and technical services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.4 percent. Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest, each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest area rate since August 2011.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.9 percent from April to May. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in May a year ago.

The number of jobs in the state grew to 3,944,900 in May, up by 16,400 from April and by 34,000 from May a year ago. In metro Atlanta, jobs increased to 2,345,800, up by 11,500 over the month and 27,900 over the year.

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