Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jobless Rate Up Again In Putnam County

Despite ongoing efforts by local officials to improve the job market, Putnam County's unemployment rate went up again December, according to figures from the Department of Labor. The state says Putnam County's jobless rate was 8.7 percent, a tenth of a point higher than it was in November. Some officials had hoped that the number of people who were out of work might go down in December because that's the time of year that some local businesses hire temporary seasonal workers. But that was apparently not the case this year, even though officials point out that the December 2010 unemployment rate was still better than it was in December of 2009, when nearly ten percent of the population was without a job. Last month, out of a labor force of 35,620 people, nearly 3,100 were looking for work. Around the region, the jobless rate was 9.6 percent in Overton County -- down three tenths of a point. It was 10.7 percent in Jackson County and 11.8 percent in White County.