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River Valley's Unemployment Rate Rises

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the River Valley region increased to 8.8 percent in December, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in November. The rate was 10 percent in December a year ago.

The rate rose primarily because The number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, increased to 3,587, up by 1,926, or 116 percent, from 1,661 in November. Claims increased in several sectors, including manufacturing, accommodations and food services, construction, and administrative and support services. There were 2,180 claims in December 2012.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.2 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.2 percent. 

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in November. The rate was 8.7 percent in December a year ago.

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