Fayette jobless rate hits high — again
It is a distinction that most people in Fayette County would likely rather avoid. But the unemployment numbers are in for September and they show Fayette hitting a 20-year high in jobless numbers for the second time in four months.
September figures released by the Ga. Dept. of Labor (DOL) showed Fayette’s unemployment rate at 9.3 percent. That figure represents 4,708 people out of work in a workforce of 50,780. Fayette’s unemployment rate was 9 percent in August and 8.3 percent a year ago.
The 9.3 percent unemployment rate for September was also seen four months ago in June. That number represents the highest unemployment rate seen in Fayette County since 1990, according to www.finance-data.com that tracks Ga. DOL and the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
Peachtree City hardly fared much better in the September tally that showed an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent. That compares to the 8.1 percent rate in August and a 7.5 percent rate in September 2010.
The numbers for Peachtree City translate into 1,390 people out of work in a workforce of 16,253.
The jobless situation across the 10-county Atlanta Regional Commission held essentially steady in September. The 10.3 percent rate in August improved slightly to 10.2 percent in September.
Meantime, the jobless rate in Georgia held steady in September at 10.3 percent.