Atlanta, GA (WJBF) – Thursday morning, the Georgia Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) in January was 6.4 percent, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 5.9 percent in December. The rate in January 2015 was 7.4 percent.
The rate increased as the number of unemployed workers increased by 997 to 12,650.
However, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 422, or 12.8 percent, to 2,875 in January. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing, accommodations and food services, and administrative and support services. However, over the year, claims were up by 141, or 5.2 percent, from 2,734 in January 2015.
Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.5 percent, while Metro Dalton had the highest at 7.2 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for January was 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in December. It was 6.3 percent in January 2015.