2017-11-29 / Front Page

County’s unemployment rate falls – rises in CSRA

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Fewer Jenkins Countians were unemployed in October, while the number of the unemployed in the C.S.R.A. Region #13, to which Jenkins County belongs, rose for the month, according to statistics released by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Jenkins County’s unemployment rate fell from 6.3% in September to 5.9% in October with 188 Jenkins Countians unemployed in October and 202 unemployed in September. Initial claims in the county also declined from 51 in September to 30 for the month of October.

The C.S.R.A. Region #13 October unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent, was up from 4.7 percent in September. The rate rose as the number of unemployed residents increased from 10,003 in September to 10,700 for October.

“Ideally, we’d rather not see the rate go up in any single month. But it’s not alarming because the trend over the past year continues to look good. The numbers fluctuate from month to month,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Telfair County held the highest unemployment rate in the state for October at 12.8%. Wheeler County followed with a 12.4% rate. The lowest rate in the state, 3.3%, was held by Jackson County.

The unemployment rates of surrounding counties for the month of October were: Bulloch, 4.5%; Burke, 6.8%; Candler, 3.8%; Emanuel, 6.2%; and Screven, 5.6%.

The state and national unemployment rates declined slightly. The October unemployment rate for the state was 4.3%, down from 4.4% in September. The national rate for October was 4.1%, down from 4.2% in September.

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