State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Warner Robins area increased to 7.9 percent in December, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 7.8 percent in November, a Department of Labor news release says.
Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area increased to 5,559, up 107 from 5,452. The jobless rate in the metro Warner Robins area in December 2009 was 7.3 percent.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in December, up two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in November. The rate was 10.3 percent in December 2009.
Statewide, the number of payroll jobs decreased 21,800, or six-tenths of a percentage point, to 3,827,200 from 3,849,000 in November. Most of the decreases came in construction, leisure and hospitality, the public schools, professional and business services, and wholesale trade.