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Pickens unemployment at 5 percent in September

Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 5.6 percent in September
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region for September was 5.6 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.8 percent in August. The rate in September 2014 was 6.9 percent.
    In Pickens County the unemployment rate for September was 5 percent, down a fraction from 5.1 in August. A year ago, the unemployment rate here was 6.4 percent.
    Pickens unemployment was a down well below Gilmer and Fannin counties, both with a 5.6 percent unemployment rate in September. Pickens' rate was a fraction higher than Dawson County with 4.9 percent unemployment for the month.

The rate declined as the number of employed residents increased by 1,420 to 372,502 from 371,082 in August.

At the same time, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 338, or 15.3 percent, to 2,550 in September. Most of the increase came in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were down by 566, or 18.2 percent, from 3,116 in September 2014.    

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 7.5 percent. 

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for September was 5.8 percent, unchanged from August. It was 6.9 percent in September 2014. Over the month, Georgia gained 9,100 jobs, and is ranked third nationally in monthly job creation. Over the year, Georgia gained 84,200 jobs.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

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