NC Unemployment up in January

NC Unemployment up in January

The Georgia Department of Labor recently announced that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in January, unchanged from a revised 5.5 percent in December.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.2 percent in the month of January.

Both area rates rose as the number of jobs declined, while the number of new layoffs increased.

These are normal seasonal fluctuations for January, state labor department officials said.

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The number of jobs increased by 6,500, or 0.1 percent, to 4,442,200. The layoffs were seen in the categories of manufacturing, administrative and support services, construction and trade, and transportation and warehousing.

That 2.5 percent growth from January 2016 compared to the national year-over-year average rise of 1.5 percent. All of the job growth came in the service industries. However, during the year, claims were down by 42, or 7.9 percent, from 531 in January 2016, according to the press release.

The labor force includes those who are employed and those without jobs but actively looking for work. The number of unemployed residents rose by 2,726 to 23,887, while the number of employed residents decreased by 1,094 to 387,721.

The number of unemployed residents in the region rose from December to January by 1,033 to 14,139, labor officials said. The number of employed residents dropped from 10,012 to 9,974 while the number of unemployed residents grew from 564 to 632.

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Continuing claims, the current number of individuals filing for unemployment insurance benefits, fell by 30,000 to 2,030,000 for the week ended March 4.

The rate rose as the labor force grew and the number of new layoffs increased. (Karen Lentz/MEDILL) Continuing claims in IL were up 2,282 for the week ended February 25 from the previous week, but down by 6,980 from a year ago.

Area employers had 16,800 more employees on their payrolls in January 2017 than a month earlier and 25,900 more than in January 2016, the metropolitan area report said.

Photo at top: New job openings on display at Evanston restaurant.

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