Friday, November 26, 1999
Unemployment rate is up slightly

Coweta County's unemployment rate rose slightly in September, but the county still maintains the lowest rate in the Chattahoochee-Flint area.

Statistics released by state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond show the county's rate rose to 2.8 percent in September, up from 2.7 percent in August. The next lowest rate in the region is Troup County's at 4.2 percent.

“I'm pleased that the Chattahoochee-Flint area continues to have low unemployment and steady job growth,” said Thurmond. “But, this has resulted in a tight job market and shortage of skilled workers in some industries. The labor shortages could lead to bidding wars, as employers compete for skilled workers, and drive up salaries and lead to an inflationary period,” he added.

During the past year, employment in the area has increased by almost 3,700, for a growth rate of 2.9 percent.

Statewide, Georgia has added 12,600 new jobs in the past year.

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