Jobless rate declines

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The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Three Rivers region for September was 6.1 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.4 percent in August. The rate in September 2014 was 7.5 percent.

The rate declined as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 831 to 14,258 from 15,089 in August.

At the same time, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 459, or 25 percent, to 1,379 in September. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing, administrative and support services, and wholesale and retail trade. Over the year, claims were down by 177, or 11.4 percent, from 1,556 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.