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Kentucky reports rise in unemployment rates in 83 counties

Kentucky reports rise in unemployment rates in 83 counties Kentucky reports rise in unemployment rates in 83 counties
Malita Javier | 26 May, 2017, 08:22

Jobless rates for both Lowndes County and Oktibbeha County for April came in at or below the state average of 4.3 percent, while unemployment rates in both Clay and Noxubee counties are more than a percentage point lower than in April 2016. Other than Gainesville, Georgia cities with sub-5 percent rates were Savannah, Valdosta, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick and Warner Robins.

Over the past year, the county's labor force has declined by approximately 500 people.

There were 462 more Northwest Georgia area residents employed in April than in March, pushing the total number to 393,826. There were 2,012 more people employed in April 2017 than in April 2016. As the labor force decreased, so did the numbers of employed and unemployed residents. That total represents an increase of 3,529 over the past 12 months.

Unemployment dropped below 3 percent in much of Middle Tennessee from March to April, with the region enjoying the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

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The state as a whole improved by four-tenths of a percentage point, the state rate is 4.7 percent for April.

The rate declined as employers created more jobs and reduced the number of new layoffs.

The number of jobs in Hall County increased by 400, or 0.5 percent, to 88,900. The job growth came mostly in local government, leisure and hospitality, education and health services, professional and business services and wholesale trade, along with mining, logging and construction.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, declined by 576, or 45.6 percent, to 688. Over the year, claims were down by 362, or 34.5 percent, from 1,050 in April 2016.

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The labor force grew by two to 84,091.

Overall, Oktibbeha County finished with the 15th lowest unemployment rate among MS counties, with Rankin County finishing atop the list with 3 percent unemployment for April.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 17.3 percent. It was 5.4 percent in April 2016.

The department urges those looking for a job to check out its listing service at www.employgeorgia.com. In April, 1,498 new job openings in Macon were posted on Employ Georgia.

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