Savannah area jobless rate down to 9.3 percent

ATLANTA (WTOC) - The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Savannah decreased to 9.3 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.5 percent in August, according to Georgia Department of Labor data released Thursday.

The jobless rate in the Savannah area in September a year ago was 9.0 percent.

The rate drop is a result of fewer layoffs in manufacturing, trade, administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, and accommodation and food services, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 10.3 percent in September, from 10.2 percent in August. The state's jobless rate was also 10.2 percent in September 2010.

The rate increased due to Georgia losing jobs in September and many new job seekers continuously being unable to find work. The number of jobs in Georgia decreased 15,100, or four-tenths of a percentage point, from August to 3.79 million.
September is the 50th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is 9.1 percent.