2008-06-18 / Front Page

County remains #1 in state for unemployment

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor

Jenkins County maintained the top position in the state in unemployment rankings for the months of March and April.

Figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor revealed that Jenkins and Chattooga counties tied for the number one spot in March with rates of 14.7 percent. This is the highest rate yet for Jenkins County.

Although the county's unemployment rate fell to 13.3 in April, it was still the highest in the state. In fact, Jenkins was the only county in the state with an unemployment rate above 10.0 percent for the month of April.

Four hundred forty-four persons were unemployed during the month of April. This compares to 501 unemployed in March and 313 persons unemployed in April 2007 when the county's rate was listed at 9.2 percent.

In April, Jenkins County was followed by Hancock County with an unemployment rate of 9.5; Chattooga, 9.4; and Chattahoochee, 9.2.

The unemployment rates of surrounding counties were Bulloch, 4.4; Burke, 7.7; Emanuel, 6.1; and Screven, 6.5.

The state's unemployment rate for April was 5.0, as was the national rate.

A glimmer of good news for the county, however, was the recent opening of the Stitch and Print Millen plant.

Paula Herrington, executive director of the Millen-Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce and Jenkins County Development Authority said that these organizations continue to work on a daily basis to bring jobs to Jenkins County.

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