There are more people in the labor force and more people employed, but six more unemployed than the previous month. According to the latest statistics from Georgia Department of Labor, there are 29,305 in the labor force in Spalding County, of which 26,139 are employed and 3,166 are unemployed for the month of September to come up with the 10.8 percent unemployment rate.
For the month of August, there were 28,969 people in the labor force with 25,809 employed and 3,160 unemployed for the 10.9 percent unemployment rate in August. The 10.8 percent unemployment rate is almost two percentage points down from 12.7 percent in September 2011, when there were 29,066 people in the labor force, 25,370 employed and 3,696 unemployed.
The 10.8 percent unemployment rate for September is the highest in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area, and second only to the 11 percent unemployment in Upson County in the Three Rivers Regional Commission. Spalding County is in both regions for statistical purposes and all of these numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
For the month of September, the national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, the state rate was 8.6 percent, the 28-county Atlanta MSA rate was 8.4 percent and the Three Rivers Regional Commission rate was 9.2 percent. Statewide, the highest unemployment rate by county was 17 percent in Jenkins County, while the county with the lowest unemployment rate was Banks at 6.1 percent.
The highest rate of the 14 MSAs was 11.2 percent in Dalton, with the lowest at 6.4 percent in Athens-Clarke County. Of the 12 regional commissions, the highest unemployment rate for September is 10.9 percent in Heart of Georgia Altamaha, while the lowest is 7.2 percent in Georgia Mountains.
In the Three Rivers Region, the lowest unemployment rate was in Coweta County at 7.8 percent followed by Pike County at 8.7 percent, Carroll County at 8.9 percent, Troup and Heard counties at 9.5 percent, Butts County at 9.9 percent, Meriwether County at 10.2 percent, Lamar County at 10.6 percent, Spalding at 10.8 percent and Upson County at 11 percent.
Of the other contiguous counties the highest unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in Clayton County, followed by 8.5 percent in Henry County and 7.3 percent in Fayette County.
While Griffin is not listed in city unemployment rates, as the Department of Labor only compiles data on cities with population of 25,000 or more, the Spalding County rate of 10.8 percent in September is equal to the unemployment rate of the Fulton County portion of the city of Atlanta, but just above the 10.7 percent in Lawrenceville and Rome.
Spalding County’s 10.8 percent unemployment is less than the rates in the cities of Albany and Macon at 11.1 percent, Dalton at 11.8 percent and Statesboro and East Point at 12.7 percent, which were the highest in the state for September.
The lowest unemployment rate in the state by city is 6.3 percent in Alpharetta, followed by 6.5 percent in Roswell and 6.6 percent in Sandy Springs all in Fulton County. Of nearby cities, the lowest unemployment is 7 percent in Peachtree City, 8.7 percent in Newnan and Columbus, 10 percent in LaGrange and 10.6 percent in Stockbridge.