published Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Georgia unemployment drops to 3-year low

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    John Gooch files for unemployment at the Georgia Department of Labor office in Dalton, Ga.
    Staff File Photo by Margaret Fenton

Georgia began the new year with the lowest jobless rate in nearly three years.

Unemployment in January fell to 9.2 percent in the Peach State, the Georgia Department of Labor reported today.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the seasonally adjusted rate went down because about 13,000 more Georgians were employed in January than in December. Newly revised numbers also show that Georgia gained 83,700 jobs in the past year -- the biggest such yearly gain since 2006.

“This job growth shows that Georgia is headed in the right direction,” Butler said. “The business services sector, which includes temporary employment agencies, showed the most growth. Economists consider this to be a leading indicator that businesses are gaining confidence in the economy and are beginning to grow their businesses.”

January’s jobless rate in Georgia remained above the U.S. rate of 8.3 percent. But Georgia’s unemployment rate was the lowest since March of 2009 when it was 9.1 percent.

The jobless rate was 10.1 percent in January a year ago.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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