According to the latest figures from the Georgia Department Labor, the number of employed, unemployed and those in the labor force all decreased from November to December in Spalding County, but that resulted in the same percentage of unemployed, 10.9 percent as in November. There were 29.553 people in the labor force for December in Spalding County, with 26,333 employed and 3,220 unemployed, resulting in the 10.9 percent unemployment rate.
At 10.9 percent, Spalding County’s unemployment rate is above the national rate of 7.6 percent and the state rate of 8.8 percent as well as the regional rates of 8.4 percent for the Atlanta Metropolitan Service Area and 9.3 percent in the Three Rivers Regional Commission, both of which Spalding County is included in for statistical purposes.
All of these rate are not seasonally adjusted, but unlike Spalding’s rate are higher than the previous month.
Spalding County’s 10.9 percent unemployment rate is second highest in the 10-county Three Rivers region, ahead of only Upson County’s 11.2 percent unemployment in December. The lowest rate in the Three Rivers region for December was 7.8 percent in Coweta County, followed by 8.9 percent in Carroll County, 9.2 percent in Heard County, 9.1 percent in Pike County, 9.6 percent in Troup County, 10.1 percent in Butts County, 10.2 percent in Meriwether County, 10.6 percent in Lamar County, 10.9 percent Spalding County and 11.2 percent in Upson County.
Only in Spalding and Butts counties were the rates not higher than in November in the Three Rivers region. And only Butts County had a lower rate, at 10.1 percent down from 10.9 percent in November. Of the other contiguous counties, the lowest employment rate for November was 7.2 percent in Fayette County, followed by 8.7 percent in Henry County and 10.6 percent in Clayton County.
In the 28-county Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area, Spalding County had the highest rate at 10.9 percent, while the lowest rate in the Atlanta MSA was 6.5 percent in Forsyth County. Statewide, the lowest unemployment rate in December was 5.5 percent in Oconee County, with the highest at 19.3 percent in Chatahoochee County.
Of the 12 state regional commissions, the highest unemployment rate 11.4 percent in the Heart of Georgia Altamaha, while the lowest was 7.6 percent in the Georgia Mountains. For the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the highest unemployment rate was 11.3 percent in the Dalton MSA while the lowest unemployment rate was 6.6 percent for December in the Athens-Clarke County MSA.
While there is not an unemployment rate for the City of Griffin as the state only compiles rates for cities of 25,000 or more, Spalding County’s rate of 10.9 percent is higher than those of nearby cities including Peachtree City, 6.6 percent; Newnan, 8.9 percent; LaGrange, 10.2 percent; in and equal to the 10.9 percent in Stockbridge. It is lower than the unemployment rates in the cities of East Point, 12.8 percent; Dalton, 12.2 percent; and Statesboro, 12.1 percent, and 11.1 percent in Macon and Lawrenceville, but equal to the cities of Atlanta and Albany at 10.9 percent.