ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region was 5.6 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.7 percent in September. The rate in October 2014 was 6.8 percent.
The rate declined as the number of employed resident increased by 1,153 to 292,459 from 291,306 in September.
Effingham County’s preliminary October unemployment figure was 4.8 percent. The revised September rate was 4.8 percent, and the unemployment rate for October 2014 was 5.8 percent.
Also, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance decreased by 171, or 11 percent, to 1,385 in October. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing, retail trade, transportation and warehousing. Over the year, claims were down by 192, or 12.2 percent, from 1,577 in October 2014.
The Department of Labor announced that Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate for October was 5.4 percent, unchanged from September. The rate in October 2014 was 6.6 percent.
While the rate was unchanged from September to October, Savannah employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers, as measured by initial claims for unemployment insurance. The number of jobs increased by 900, or 0.5 percent, in October to 172,700. The job gains came mostly in state and local government, education and health services, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, along with manufacturing.
Over the year, Savannah gained 3,800 jobs, a growth rate of 2.3 percent, from 168,900 in October 2014. Most of the job growth came in professional and business services, trade, transportation and warehousing, manufacturing, local government, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality.
Also, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 68, or 7.9 percent, to 792 in October. Most of the decrease came in trade, transportation, warehousing, and administrative and support services. Over the year, claims were down by 141, or 15.1 percent, from 933 in October 2014.
Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 7.3 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for October was 5.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent in September. It was 6.8 percent in October 2014.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.georgia.gov.