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Georgia jobless rates down

CONYERS — Unemployment rates in Rockdale and Newton counties have dropped since 2012, but are still higher than the state average.

As of October, Rockdale’s unemployment rate was 8.8 percent, while Newton’s unemployment rate was ranked at 8.7 percent. Georgia’s total unemployment rate for the month was 8.1 percent.

In contrast, in October of 2012 Rockdale County had an unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, and Newton’s unemployment rate was at 9.8 percent. The entire state of Georgia had an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent in that month.

Rockdale County had a total labor force of 41,641 in October with 37,957 of those employed, while Newton’s statistics show a labor force of 47,881 and 43,736 employed.

The labor force does not include only those who currently have jobs. “The labor force is the total number of employed residents, combined with unemployed residents who are currently seeking employment,” said Georgia Department of Labor Senior Communications Specialist John Ard. In order to calculate the amount of unemployed residents, the number of those employed is subtracted from the labor force.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor’s statistics, there is a slow but steady reduction in the percentage of residents who are unemployed. Both Rockdale and Newton counties have exemplified the trend of unemployment rates dropping in Georgia.

More information about the Georgia Department of Labor’s statistics is available on their website at http://www.dol.state.ga.us/.