Metro Savannah's unemployment rate rises to 5.2 percent in January

Francis Osborne
March 18, 2017

The January seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Indiana County decreased 0.6 percent to 6.3 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

But the rise in unemployment was countered by a growth in establishment payroll jobs, the labor department's non-seasonally adjusted data indicated.

Mack Clark, general manager for the Newnan Georgia Department of Labor, said jobs are available in Coweta.

The number of jobs decreased by 100, or 0.1 percent, to 69,700.

However, over the year, 5,800 jobs were added, a 3.4 percent growth rate, up from 171,200 in January 2016.

New claims for unemployment benefits, a sign of layoffs, rose from December to January by 1,304, or 76.1 percent, labor officials said. Most of the increase came in wholesale and retail trade, accommodations and food services and arts, entertainment and recreation, along with professional and technical services, health care and social assistance and manufacturing. However, during the year, claims were down by 42, or 7.9 percent, from 531 in January 2016, according to the press release.

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Douglas County's labor force was 71,393 in January, with 67,312 employed.

Close behind Salt Lake City was Denver with an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent. Over the year, the number of people in the labor force increased by 1,200, as the number of employed grew by 1,016 and the number of unemployed increased by 184.

Claims, which count the number of people who applied for unemployment insurance for the first time in the past week, ticked down by 2,000 to 241,000. (Karen Lentz/MEDILL) Continuing claims in IL were up 2,282 for the week ended February 25 from the previous week, but down by 6,980 from a year ago. The number of unemployed residents rose by 472 to 9,475, while the number of employed residents increased by 828 to 173,354.

The rate rose as the labor force grew and the number of new layoffs increased. It was 5.6 percent in January 2016.

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to use the GDOL's online job listing service to search for jobs or recruit new employers. Throughout the state, 64,018 new job openings were posted.

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