By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
The unemployment rate in Georgia is heading down.
The Georgia Department of Labor released the monthly jobs data for October, showing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate falling from an even 9% to 8.7%.
Overall, the state added about 36,000 new jobs from September to October, with the industries of retail, education and healthcare responsible for about 15,000 of those positions. Manufacturing lagged near the bottom on the industry list, adding only 700 jobs, though Northwest Georgia is certainly on the upswing in relation to manufacturing jobs with companies such as Mohawk, Lowe’s and Austrian-based voestalpine (VOHSTAL-PEE-NAH) set to bring hundreds of new jobs to the area in the near future.
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler noted that Georgia’s labor force has grown consistently this year, and is up by about 60,000 from October of 2011, a trend he attributed to optimism from those seeking work.
One negative factor was a rise in the rate of initial unemployment claims.
The number of long-term unemployed workers went down for the sixth straight month, and is now at its lowest level in over two years.
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