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Macon Unemployment Down, Hancock Co. Rate at 23 Percent
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The unemployment rate for the Metro Macon area is on the decline for the second straight month.

New numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor say the rate ticked down a tenth of a percent, from 9.1 percent to 9 percent in October. It was 10 percent in October of last year.

The DOL says an increase in 1600 jobs helped push the rate down. Most came in the service related industries.

But in the city to the south of Macon -- Warner Robins -- unemployment is up. It was 7.2 percent in September and rose to 7.3 percent.

The release from the labor department says there were 265 layoffs in the International City.

As it has for several months in a row, Metro Athens has the lowest jobless rate at 6.2 percent. Dalton continues with the highest unemployment rate in the state: 11.3 percent.

Things still looking bleak for the Central Georgia area, though. Only two counties have unemployment rates below 8 percent: Monore and Houston, at 7.6 percent and 7.3 percent respectively.

Crawford and Jones counties fall in the 8 to 8.9 percent categories.

And the three counties in the 9 to 9.9 percent unemployment category are Bibb, Pulaski and Wilkinson.

 The rest of the mid state counties have jobless rates above 10 percent, the highest being Hancock county at 23.3 percent.

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