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Douglas unemployment rises to 7.3 percent
February 05, 2014 03:55 PM | 1190 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglas County unemployment rate rose from 7.1 percent in November to 7.3 percent in December, the Georgia Department of Labor reported.

According to department spokesman John Ard, 416 more county residents entered the labor force looking for work within that time frame.

“The November to December increase comes as the number of employed Douglas County residents grew by 280, from 63,344 in November to 63,624 in December,” he said.

In addition, the number of unemployed county residents increased by 136, from 4,874 to 5,010, he said.

Ard said initial claims for jobless benefits also rose in Douglas County over that time period.

“The number of initial claims grew by 233, with 449 initial claims being filed in November while 682 initial claims were filed in December,” he said.

Industries such as wholesale trade, manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services saw an increase in initial jobless benefit filings over that period.

In comparison, Ard said, in December 2012, Douglas County’s unemployment rate was 8.8 percent and 632 initial claims for jobless benefits were filed.

For the county seat of Douglasville, preliminary unemployment statistics comparing last December to the previous month saw the city remain at 8.2 percent unemployment.

However, for the same time period in 2012, Douglasville’s unemployment rate stood at 10.1 percent.

This meant that Douglasville’s unemployment rate dropped more than 1.9 percent between December of 2012 and 2013.

Ard said that in December of 2012, Douglasville’s labor force numbered 15,403, of which 13,841 were employed while 1,562 were unemployed.
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