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Local unemployment rate hits five-year low
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Tonya Pickett, an employee of the city of Douglasville accounting office, posts city notices in the lobby of Douglasville City Hall. She was among a workforce which brought the county’s unemployment rate to 2008 levels.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Tonya Pickett, an employee of the city of Douglasville accounting office, posts city notices in the lobby of Douglasville City Hall. She was among a workforce which brought the county’s unemployment rate to 2008 levels.
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Douglas County saw a decrease in its unemployment rate in November to levels not seen for more than five years.

The county’s unemployment rate dropped from 8 percent in October to 7.2 percent in November, said Georgia Department of Labor spokesman John Ard.

The last time the county’s unemployment rate was that low was in October 2008, when it also was 7.2 percent, Ard said.

“Douglas County’s unemployment rate has now declined in four of the last five months,” he said.

Although Ard credited the increased employment pattern within the 28-county metro Atlanta area to seasonal jobs, Douglas County’s November jobless rate was a major decrease from the 8.5 percent rate recorded in the same month of 2012. The metro area includes Douglas County.

The October to November increase in jobs, he said, comes as the number of employed Douglas County residents grew by 661 persons while unemployed residents declined by 542.

Initial individual claims for jobless benefits also decreased in Douglas County in that same time period, dropping by 150, he said.

“There were 599 initial unemployment claims filed in October while there were 449 initial claims filed in November,” Ard said.

Retail trade, professional and technical services, construction and wholesale trade industries all experienced a drop in initial jobless filings over this monthlong period, he said.

Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons credited the increased employment in the area to all facets of the Douglas County and Douglasville communities working in harmony to make the area a “premier place” to work, play and raise a family.

The mayor said Douglasville is creating tax advantages for business while offering a safe environment for residents and businesses alike to prosper.

“It’s not one individual, one governmental entity or one business entity doing it,” Persons said.

“Our continued drop in unemployment is the result of a unified effort from all facets of our community, not only to attract new business but encourage existing businesses to grow.”
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