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Bartow Unemployment Rate Falls To 8.3 Percent

The county's unemployment rate fell from 8.5 percent in October to 8.3 percent in November.

The unemployment rate for Bartow County took a slight dip last month to 8.3 percent, according to figures released from the Georgia Department of Labor. 

That is lower than October's unemployment rate of 8.5 percent, and significantly lower than November 2011 9.6 percent.

Bartow's labor force rose slightly to 49,730 last month from 49,656 in October.

November's labor force is also higher than November 2011 figure of 49,133.

Bartow's unemployment rate is slightly higher than metro Atlanta's November unemployment rate of 8.0 percent.

The region's rate is also slightly lower than its 8.2 percent rate in October and 8.9 percent in November 2011. 

"The rate declined because of job growth and fewer new layoffs, represented by first time claims for unemployment insurance benefits," the department stated in its news release. 

The metro Atlanta area experienced an increase of 12,300 new jobs in November. Overall, there were 2.36 million jobs in November, up from 2.35 in October.

In November 2011, jobs were up by 33,900, or 1.5 percent, from 2.33 million. 

The region saw growth in trade, transportation and warehousing with 11,000 new jobs; 1,600 job increase in financial services; 1,500 job increase in information services; and 1,100 job increase in education and health care. 

The department added the gains were steep enough to offset the losses the leisure and hospitality and construction industries saw last month.

The hospitality and leisure industry experienced a 3,800 job loss and construction jobs were down by 900.

State labor officials also noted there were 680 fewer new claims for unemployment benefits in construction, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and administrative and support services.

Georgia's unemployment rate declined to 8.5 last month, down from 8.7 percent in October and 8.5 percent last November. 

Unemployment rates for bordering counties include: Cherokee at 6.4 percent; Paulding at 7.5; Cobb at 7.3; Floyd at 9.4 percent; Polk at 8.2 percent; and Gordon at 9.3 percent.

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