Macon, Warner Robins See Jobless Rates Decline | News
In September 2011, Macon's jobless rate was at 10.2 percent. This year, the Georgia Department of Labor says unemployment in Macon is down to 9.1 percent, which also represents a half-point drop from August's 9.6 percent.
Warner Robins also saw its year-over-year and month-to-month unemployment numbers drop with a 7.2 percent rate in September 2012. In 2011, that figure was 7.9 percent and in August, it was at 7.6 percent.
The state's unemployment rate for September is 9 percent.
According to a news release, the GDOL attributes the unemployment rate decline in Macon to 199 fewer layoffs with 1,528 more people finding work. The total number of jobs has increased in Macon by 1,600 since 2011 to a total of 97,300. That's also up 200 jobs from August.
Warner Robins had 71 fewer layoffs with 831 more people finding work. Though the total number of jobs since August dropped by 100, Warner Robins has added 200 jobs since September 2011.
Athens has the state's lowest jobless rate in September at 6.4 percent, according to the news release, while Dalton has the highest at 11.2 percent.