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Unemployment still in double digits in much of southeast Georgia

Special to SEGAZINE

The unemployment rate in the Brunswick metropolitan area inched down in July but remained in double digits at 10 percent.

That’s an improvement of 0.3 percent since June and of 0.6 percent better than July of last year, the Georgia Department of Labor said.

Among metropolitan areas, Athens had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 6.9 percent which metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at 12.3 percent, the Labor Department said.

In the Coastal region, the unemployment rate declined from 9.5 percent in June to 9.4 percent in July.

The largest concentration of counties with single digit unemployment rates is from the Atlanta metro area north.

Nearly 90 of the state’s 159 counties, most of them rural, still have double-digit unemployment. In Southeast Georgia, Coffee County was at 13.4 percent, Ware at 11.6 percent, Appling and Chartlon at 11.7 percent, Wayne at 12 percent, Brantley at 10.7, Bacon at 10.1 and McIntosh at 10.4 percent.

Glynn County was at 9.8 percent, Camden at 9.4 percent and Pierce at 9.2 percent

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