2013-04-24 / Front Page

Jenkins number one in unemployment

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Sixty-six, or 42 percent, of the state’s 156 counties held an unemployment rate of 10.0% or higher for the month of February. At the top of the chart was Jenkins County with a rate of 18.5 percent. This represents a one point increase over the month of January, according to statistics released by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Chattahoochee County, with an 18.1 percent rate, held the number two position and coming in third was Hancock County with a 15.2 percent rate. The rates of surrounding counties were also in the “double digits” as follows: Burke, 12.0; Bulloch, 10.6; Candler, 11.4; Emanuel, 11.5; and Screven, 13.6

Eighty-two initial claims were reported for Jenkins County in February. This compares to 79 initial claims in January. And approximately 462 persons were reported as unemployed in February, up from the 434 recorded for January.

The state’s February unemployment rate of 8.6 was higher than the national rate of 8.1 percent but slightly lower than the 8.7 reported for the state in January.

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