2009-06-03 / Front Page

Jobless rate in Burke finally drops

By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

Burke County's unemployment rate dipped for the first time in months.

Preliminary April figures show the county's jobless at 1,024 residents, or 10.3 percent. That means more than 200 residents have found jobs since March when the unemployment rate topped out at 12.3 percent.

The state's unemployment rate was estimated at 9.3 percent in April, and the CSRA's was 8.7 percent.

According to Georgia De- partment of Labor officials, Burke County's unemployment rate hasn't been this low since last December when it was calculated at 10.0 percent.

Burke County fares better than most neighboring counties, including Jenkins which has the highest unemployment rate of all Georgia's 159 counties with 18.7 percent.

Right now, Burke County's jobless ratio is pegged the 53rd highest in the state, along with Douglas, Floyd and Clinch counties which also have a 10.3 percent rate.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
April 2008 March 2009 *April 2009
National 5.0 8.5 8.9
Georgia 5.8 9.2 9.3
CSRA 5.6 9.4 8.7
Burke 7.3 12.3 10.3
Emanuel 5.9 9.5 9.1
Jefferson 8.4 13.9 12.7
Jenkins 14.9 20.1 18.7
Richmond 5.9 9.4 8.7
Screven 6.4 13.3 13.1

*April 2009 rates are preliminary and are likely to be adjusted in the upcoming weeks. Rates only include those actively seeking work and do not take into consideration retirees, stay at home parents or those on disability and other government programs.

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