NOTES: The preliminary February 2017 and the revised January 2017 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for MA will be released on Thursday March 23, 2017; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
The Labor Department says that applications for jobless benefits dipped by 2,000 to 241,000 after claims had risen by 20,000 in the previous week.
The rate rose as the number of jobs declined, while the number of new layoffs increased.
Indiana County's seasonally adjusted labor force in January decreased 1,600 to 39,400.
The jobless rate was 5 percent in January 2017 and 5.2 percent in January 2016. Job growth came in the service industries, including trade, transportation and warehousing, along with federal and local government. Job losses came in professional and business services, along with trade, transportation and warehousing.
New claims for unemployment benefits, a sign of layoffs, rose from December to January by 1,304, or 76.1 percent, labor officials said. In January 2016, the rate was also 7.1 percent.
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Douglas County's labor force was 71,393 in January, with 67,312 employed. The number of employed residents dropped 1,300 to 36,900, and the number of unemployed residents fell 300 to 2,500.
New unemployment claims are compiled weekly based on the number of workers who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time.
The unemployment rate rose earlier this year. The number of unemployed residents rose by 472 to 9,475, while the number of employed residents increased by 828 to 173,354.
IL recorded the second largest increase, behind NY, in the number of initial claims for the week ended March 4, at a gain of 2,552, 548 less than the year-ago period. (Karen Lentz/MEDILL) Continuing claims in IL were up 2,282 for the week ended February 25 from the previous week, but down by 6,980 from a year ago. Dalton had the highest unemployment rate at the start of 2017 of any of Georgia's 14 metropolitan areas and the January rate for metro Dalton was 2 percentage points above the comparable USA rate for the same month.
Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for January was 5.5 percent, unchanged from a revised 5.5 percent in December. In January, 513 new job openings in Dalton were posted on Employ Georgia.