2017-11-09 / News

Employment increases in CSRA; jobless rate down in September

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today the unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) fell in September as the number of employed residents increased and unemployment claims declined.

The September unemployment rate, at 4.8 percent, was down from 5.5 percent in August. The September rate compares favorably to last September when the rate was 6.4 percent.

“The combination of a falling unemployment rate and an increase in the number of employed residents shows a region on the rise,” Butler said. “Seeing the number of jobs increase is always a good indicator. However, seeing the number of employed Georgians increase is the ultimate positive result.”

Butler said Wednesday that in September the number of employed residents increased by 2,359 to 201,992. There were 8,506 more employed residents in the area than in September 2016.

Unemployment claims were down 26.2 percent to 1,130. Claims were down in administrative and support services. When compared to last September, claims were down by 15.2 percent from 1,333.

“The region continues to head in the right direction,” Butler said.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,351 new active job postings in the CSRA for September.

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