The unemployment yo-yo for the Columbus metropolitan area continues, with the September jobless rate slipping from 9.3 percent in August to 8.7 percent last month. That follows a couple of monthly increases.
In September a year ago, the local rate was 9.5 percent.
The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that there were 111 fewer job cuts in the manufacturing, retail and hospitality sectors, which includes hotels and restaurants. It also said nearly 1,400 more Columbus-area residents now have a job.
Statewide, the University of Georgia city of Athens continues to have the lowest unemployment rate at 6.4 percent, with the one-time carpet manufacturing hub of Dalton the highest again at 11.2 percent.
Last week, the department reported Georgia had a September jobless rate of 9 percent, down from 9.8 percent a year ago. The Alabama rate was 8.3 percent, a decrease from 8.8 percent in September 2011.
Breaking down Columbus-area county rates on both sides of the Chattahoochee River, in Georgia, Muscogee came in at 8.7 percent, Harris at 6.3 percent, Chattahoochee at 17.3 percent, Troup at 9.5 percent, Meriwether at 10.2 percent, Talbot at 8.9 percent, Marion at 8.4 percent and Stewart at 11.1 percent.
In Alabama, the rate in Russell County was 9.9 percent last month. It was 6.4 percent in Lee, 11.8 percent in Barbour, 9.6 percent in Chambers, 10 percent in Macon, 15.4 percent in Bullock and 9.1 percent in Tallapoosa.
Here are the September 2012 unemployment rates for Georgia's metro areas:
Athens -- 6.4 percent
Gainesville -- 6.7 percent
Warner Robins -- 7.2 percent
Savannah -- 8 percent
Valdosta -- 8.3 percent
Atlanta -- 8.4 percent
Augusta -- 8.6 percent
Hinesville -- 8.6 percent
Columbus -- 8.7 percent
Macon -- 9.1 percent
Albany -- 9.4 percent
Rome -- 9.6 percent
Brunswick -- 9.7 percent
Dalton -- 11.2 percent
* Source: Georgia Department of Labor