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Jobless rate rises in Coweta, Fayette

What had been an improving picture for unemployment in Coweta and Fayette counties during much of 2012 took a turn for the worse in January as the jobless rate in Coweta jumped a full percentage point while edging up one-third of a point in Fayette.

In Fayette County, the 7.3 percent unemployment rate in December rose to 7.6 percent in January. Both figures are a substantial improvement over the 8.4 percent jobless rate in January 2012. The current numbers for Fayette represent 4,122 people out of work in a workforce that totals 54,022 people.

Coweta County’s 7.8 percent jobless rate in December rose to 8.8 percent in January, representing 5,729 people out of work in a workforce of 65,329. The January figures are only slightly better than the 8.9 percent rate a year ago.

Newnan took the biggest hit in January with an unemployment rate that was reported at 10.3 percent by the Ga. Dept. of Labor. That compares to a 8.8 percent rate in December and a 9.9 percent rate in January 2012.

Peachtree City also took a hit in January as the jobless rate rose to 7 percent. That compares to a 6.6 percent rate in December and a 7.4 percent rate a year ago.

The 10-county Three Rivers Regional Commission area saw a jump in the jobless rate in January when the 9.2 percent rate in December turned into a large increase to 10.8 percent in January. That figure compares to the 10.5 percent rate in January 2012.

And in the 10-county Atlanta Regional Commission area, January came with a small increase to 8.6 percent over the 8.4 percent rate in December. The rate in January was 9.3 percent.

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Jobless rate is about to go up with all the parapros in Fayette getting their pink slips......a few will be hired back, but the word is all are getting let go.

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