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December Savannah jobless rate increases slightly

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The Savannah area unemployment rate increased in December to 8.2 percent, that's up five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor released its data Thursday. The December rate is still lower than the December 2011 unemployment rate of 8.7 percent.

A small increase in first-time jobless claims and more people searching for work were the reasons for the increase, according to the labor department.

Construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation, warehousing, accommodations and food services saw 39 more new claims, according to the DOL.

Those employed or actively searching for a job, increased by 1,411, from 179,537 to 180,948 in December.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in December, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in November. The rate was 9.4 percent in December a year ago.

See more labor market data the Georgia Dept. of Labor website.


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