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Job rolls up a tad
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The latest unemployment numbers released by the Georgia Department of Labor may hold a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for Hinesville and Coastal Georgia.
Hinesville’s unajusted unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent last month, down three-tenths of a point from October’s rate of 7.9 percent, according to the Georgia Labor Department. In terms of manpower, the number of unemployed workers in Hinesville dropped to 19,200 from 2,541 in October.
Looking at the past 12 months, payroll jobs in Hinesville have increased by 400, or 2.1 percent, from November 2008.
Regional numbers are down to 8.2 percent from 8.5, but the state as a whole experienced an increase in November, reporting a one-tenth increase from 10.1 to 10.2 percent. Nationally, the rate sits at 10 percent for November, a slight decrease from October’s count of 10.2 percent.
Michael Thurmond, state commissioner, said while Georgia’s job market is still struggling to recover, the state labor department is working to find ways to increase payroll numbers. On Jan. 18, the department will host a jobs summit at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.
“This gathering will bring together Georgia’s best minds to develop a comprehensive, state-level strategy that will help spur economic growth and job creation,” Thurmond said.
Locally, the state offers opportunities for finding employment at its career centers, which help connect job seekers with employers through access to job search tools, applicant screening and testing and interview space. Hinesville’s career center is at 740 Gen. Stewart Way, suite 202. Career center staff can be reach at (912) 370-2595.
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