Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Unemployment Drops in Burke County

Burke County is crawling out of its unemployment hole.

According to figures just released by the Georgia Department of Labor (DOL), the county's percentage of jobless residents was down to an estimated 10.9 percent for the month of October.

This compares to 12 percent a month earlier and 12.3 percent in August. Burke County's rate hit its highest point in July when the unemployment pool topped off at 13.4 percent.

By DOL estimates, nearly 350 Burke County residents have found work since then.

Local leaders say hiring at Plant Vogtle and other local industries contributed to the relief.

For the first time in months, Burke sits in the middle of the pack compared to other Georgia counties. Along with Floyd, Calhoun, Paulding and Walton counties, Burke ranks the 72nd highest of state's 159 counties. Just three months ago, Burke was listed as the 33rd highest.

Oconee County continues to maintain the state's lowest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent while Hancock had Georgia's highest at 20.4 percent.

1 comment:

peter said...

Georgia unemployment is on the rise over the last month, but conditions vary throughout the state. Some areas are worse than others as visualized in this heat map:

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