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Metro Hinesville ties jobs record in August; most since 2011

POSTED: September 29, 2017 10:59 a.m.
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Metro Hinesville tied a record in August for total jobs, reaching 20,600 for the second time in six years, according to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. The last time Hinesville had this many jobs was in May 2011.

Other key indicators such as new unemployment claims, increasing workforce and the total number of employed residents showed metro Hinesville’s economy continues to be strong, Butler said.  

The August unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 in July. A decline of 300 in the labor force contributed to the lowering of the monthly rate which can be attributed to school age workers returning to their educational institutions. The August rate compares favorably to last August when the rate was 5.8 percent.

From July to August, metro Hinesville gained 500 jobs to 20,600. Since August 2016, the area has gained 400 jobs, a 2 percent growth rate. 

The top monthly job growth came in government, mostly in the public schools.  Year-over-year job growth came mostly in professional and business services as well as manufacturing and construction.

Megan Earle, career development specialist at the Hinesville office of WorkSource Coastal, said she is seeing available positions in the medical field, the trades, such as plumbing, welding and computer technology, and CDL drivers, since we’re in close proximity to the ports.

WorkSource Coastal, which opened its Hinesville office on Martin Luther King Drive in April, trains job seekers on how to develop their resumes better, and helps place them with prospective employers.

There are 809 more metro Hinesville residents employed now than in August 2016, the labor commissioner said.

“Georgia continues to be one of the leaders in job creation and employment,” Butler said. “It's great to see our employers continue to create jobs, and Georgians going back to work.”  

At the same time, unemployment claims were down by 23.1 percent – another good sign for metro Hinesville’s economy. Claims were down in professional and technical services. Over the year, claims were down by 11.9 percent from August 2016.

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