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Columbus shows signs of job growth

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The metro Columbus' unemployment rate decreased to 8.5 percent in August, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in July. The rate was also 9.2 percent in August last year.

The rate dropped because there was a significant reduction in layoffs and an increase in the number of jobs, according to the Department of Labor.

There were 120,000 jobs in metro Columbus in August, up by 500, or four-tenths of a percentage point, from 119,500 in July. The increase came mostly in local government.  

Metro Columbus gained 200 jobs, or 0.2 percent, since August 2012 when there were 119,800. The gains were mostly in leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.

The unemployment rate in the River Valley region decreased to 9.7 percent in August, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 10.4 percent in July. The rate was 10.1 percent in August a year ago.

The rate dropped because there was a significant reduction in layoffs, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. There were 1,307 new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance, which are 832, or 38.9 percent, fewer than the 2,139 in July. Much of the decline came in manufacturing, with additional reductions in administrative and support services, educational services and wholesale trade. 

The River Valley region represents Chattahoochee, Clay, Crisp, Dooly, Harris, Macon, Marion, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor and Webster counties.

The Columbus Career Center, located off Veterans Parkway, offers resume workshops, job search tips, mock interviews and many other job search resources to increase your chances of finding a job. It's open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


 

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