Unemployment rate inches up in October

Unemployment rate inches up for October in the Georgia Mountains Region.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said last week that the Georgia Mountains Region saw the number of unemployed residents climb and its unemployment rate tick up in October.

The unemployment rate for October was 3.7 percent; whereas in September the rate was 3.6 percent.

The rate rose as the number of unemployed residents increased by 410 amassing a total number of 12,678 unemployed residents in the region.

The total number of employed residents decreased by 1,131; however, there are 11,170 more employed residents than in October of last year.

At the same time, the area’s labor force, which includes the total number of residents with jobs and those unemployed but looking for work, declined to 338,880, down by 721.

Butler added that claims for unemployment were down by 3 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,241 new active job postings in the Georgia Mountains region for October.

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