“The rate declined due to 340 fewer workers being unemployed between July and August,” said Mark Watson, labor analyst at the Georgia Department of Labor.
In August 2011, the unemployment rate in the county was a whole percentage point higher at 9.7 percent.
“The rate was down from 9.7 percent over the year, as there were 983 fewer workers unemployed from August 2011 to August 2012,” Watson said.
Watson said industry specific data are not available at the county level.
Paulding’s unemployment rate is slightly lower than that of metro Atlanta, which was 8.9 percent in August, down from 9.2 percent in July.
The Athens area has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 6.7 percent.
The Heart of Georgia – Altamaha Regional Commission area had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.2 percent.
This region includes the cities of Dublin and Vidalia.
The statewide rate was 9.2 percent.
According to the Department of Labor, the rate decreased because there were 1,547 fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, educational services and health care and social assistance.
The labor force declined by 23,505, partially because of students leaving summer jobs.
The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, down from 8.3 percent in July and 9.1 percent in August of last year.