2017-07-05 / Front Page

County’s unemployment rate at 6.5% for May

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

According the statistics released by the Georgia Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for Jenkins County for the month of May was 6.5%. This compares to 6.7% for the month of April.

Initial unemployment claims for the county for May was 38, as compared to 20 initial claims in April. And, approximately 208 local citizens were unemployed in May with 215 unemployed in April.

Wheeler County held the highest unemployment rate in the state in May at 8.4%. Webster County came in second with a rate of 8.1%.

The unemployment rates of surrounding counties for the month of May was as follows: Bulloch, 4.9%; Burke, 3.1%; Candler, 4.3%; Emanuel, 6.7% and Screven, 6.8%.

The state unemployment rate for May was 4.9% with the national rate a little lower at 4.3%.

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