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Pickens County unemployment drops over past year


By Meagan Hurley
Staff Writer
    According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Pickens County unemployment rates have dropped significantly over the past year, and have slightly decreased in the past month. 
    As of June, the Pickens County labor force was at 14,170, with 13,236 employed and 934 unemployed. But just a year ago in June 2013, the labor force was at a lower 14,106, with

13,030 citizens employed and 1,076 people unemployed. The unemployment rate was at 7.6 percent then, while it has now remained at 6.6 for the past two months this year. The labor force for Pickens county in May was 14,199, with 13,261 people employed and 938 unemployed.
    The Pickens County unemployment rate in June  at 6.6 percent was more than a percentage point lower than the state of Georgia as whole at 7.9 percent.
    June numbers also revealed that the Northwest Georgia unemployment rate was at 7.7 percent regionwide, up four-tenths of a percentage point since May. The rate was 8.9 percent in June a year ago for Northwest Georgia, the region where Pickens is grouped for labor statistics.
    The Georgia Department of Labor maintains that: “The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and a rise in the labor force as graduates and students entered the job market.”

    They also state that the labor force grew by 890, up to 406,083 from 405,193 in May.


pinto colvig
0 #1 pinto colvig 2014-08-04 23:42
Let's give credit where credit is due: the one and only Barack Obama. Thank you, President!!!
Charles O. Hendrix J
-2 #2 Charles O. Hendrix J 2014-08-05 16:21
Bologna. Fabricated numbers by John Boehner. Isn't that the pattern of most people? Deny the numbers and claim they are fabricated if it comes from the government and they show progress is being made. Or does it only apply if the numbers can somehow be linked to the Obama administration (even though he does not crunch the numbers himself). I'm waiting for all people to start flapping their jaws about the numbers being fabricated but there is only silence.....sig h.........

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