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Metro Columbus' September unemployment rate rises to 9.6%

Press Release

Job market continues to contract

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Columbus area rose to 9.6 percent in September, up one-tenth of one percentage point from a revised 9.5% in August. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area increased by 15, from 12,131 in August to 12,146 in September. 

In September 2008, there were 8,497 jobless workers in Columbus, when the unemployment rate was 6.6 percent. The number of payroll jobs in metro Columbus was 117,100, a loss of 2,800, or 2.3 percent, from 119,900 in September 2008.

Statewide, the number of payroll jobs in September was 3,844,400, a decrease of 237,100, or 5.8 percent, from 4,081,500 in September of 2008. The over-the-year losses came in manufacturing, trade, construction, and administrative support services, including temporary employment services.  Educational and health services added 13,700 jobs over the year. The state's labor force decreased 117,230, or 2.4 percent, from 4,852,086 in September 2008 to 4,734,856 in September 2009.

Meanwhile, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 10.1 percent from August to September. The rate remained above the national rate of 9.8 percent for the 23nd consecutive month.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond stressed that job creation is critical for economic recovery, with the focus being on stimulating private sector job growth, particularly through Georgia's small and medium-sized businesses. He encouraged employers and job seekers to take advantage of the opportunities available through expanded use of the Georgia Work$ (GW$) initiative. For more information about the GW$ hiring strategy, visit or email inquiries to gawork$ GW$ telephone operators are available at 1-877-WORKS09 (1-877-967-5709.

The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at 

Source: Georgia Department of Labor

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