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Jobless rate jumps to 8 percent here
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ATLANTA — Unemployment in the Hinesville area jumped five-tenths of a percent to 8 percent in December, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
The jobless toll in November was 7.5 percent, according to the GDOL’s revised rate for that month.
Despite it being the holidays, the GDOL report estimated the number of unemployed workers in the area increased by 178, from 2,394 in November to 2,572 in December 2008.
In December last year, there were 2,225 jobless workers in the metro Hinesville area, when the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent. The number of payroll jobs in metro Hinesville in December 2009 was 19,500, a gain of 100, or 0.5 percent, from 19,400 in December 2008.
Statewide, the number of payroll jobs in December 2009 was 3,859,800, a decrease of 175,000, or 4.3 percent, from 4,034,800 in December of 2008. The over-the-year losses came in trade, transportation and utilities, manufacturing, construction, and professional and business services. On a positive note, educational and health services added 11,200 jobs over the year.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in December, matching the record high reported last July. The jobless rate was up two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in November. The rate was up 2.8 percentage points from 7.5 percent at this same time last year. The national adjusted unemployment rate is 10 percent. For 25 of the last 26 months, Georgia’s unemployment rate has exceeded the national unemployment rate. And, since the recession began in December 2007, Georgia’s workforce has shrunk by 121,257, or 2.5 percent, from 4,823,467 to 4,702,210.
Unemployment in the coastal area stood at 8.6 in December, up four-tenths of a percent from November, according to the department’s preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate.
In December 2008, there were 21,984 jobless workers in the Coastal area, when the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.

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