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Georgia Unemployment Rates Information

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Unemployment Rates In Georgia

The Unemployment Rate in Georgia is 7.4 percent as of December 2013. The rate has dropped considerably from 7.6 percent in November 2013 and 8.7 percent a year ago (December 2012).

The National Unemployment Rate is 6.7 percent.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor, as of December 2013:

  • Georgia lost 4,800 jobs.
  • Employment is currently up 90,100 over the year.
  • Federal minimum wage is $7.25.
  • There were 65,889 Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims.

Unemployment Insurance Initial Claims Fluctuation:

  • December 2012: 50,861
  • November 2013: 33,781
  • December 2013: 65,889

The fluctuation shows:

  • 32,108 net at 95.0 percent over the month.
  • 15,028 net at 29.5 percent over the year.

Unemployment Rate Distribution per Counties:

  • 30 counties: 10.0 percent or greater
  • 33 counties: 9.0 to 9.9 percent
  • 21 counties: 8.0 to 8.9 percent
  • 75 counties: less than 8.0 percent

Counties with Highest Unemployment Rate:

  • Telfair: 16.1 percent
  • Macon: 15.8 percent
  • Chattahoochee: 14.7 percent
  • Hancock: 14.2 percent
  • Bleckley: 13.9 percent

Counties with Lowest Unemployment Rate:

  • Echols: 4.9 percent
  • Miller: 4.8 percent
  • Oconee: 3.8 percent
  • Catoosa: 4.6 percent
  • Forsyth: 5.0 percent

*Percentages of number of counties are rounded.

Job Search Resources

The State of Georgia offers individuals several tools to make a job search easier.

You can start by downloading the Resource Guide for Job Seekers, by visiting: http://dol.state.ga.us/pdf/forms/dol4459.pdf.

To explore career options and plan your job search, check a list of services offered by the Department at: http://dol.state.ga.us/.

If you want to know which careers are expected to grow, access Georgia Career Planner at: https://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/current/cplancurrent.pdf.

Another great tool is Workforce Professionals. Visit: http://dol.state.ga.us.

You can use Georgia Jobs Plus to find job opportunities in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. To access Georgia Jobs Plus, visit: https://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/.

Career Centers are also available if you prefer a personal approach. To find a Career Center near you, visit: http://dol.state.ga.us/.