September jobs report: 800 new jobs vs. September 2015 — but also more first-time jobless claims.  Who’s hiring.

September jobs report: 800 new jobs vs. September 2015 — but also more first-time jobless claims. Who’s hiring.

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Media release: The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced  that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in September, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 4.9 percent in August. The rate in September 2015 was 5.6 percent.

“In September, we had the largest increase in our labor force we’ve seen in nearly a quarter of a century,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “While having 25,737 Georgians begin looking for work in the same month caused a slight increase in the unemployment rate, it’s really good news because almost three-quarters of them landed a job right away.”

The labor force, which consists of employed people and those who are unemployed but actively looking for jobs, grew by 25,737 to 4,918,505 in September. The state’s labor force has grown by 134,082 since the beginning of the year. The number of employed Georgians grew by 18,669 to 4,669,747. The number of jobs increased by 18,100, or 0.4 percent, to 4,403,400 in September. Most of the gains came in professional and business services, 7,300; government, 3,400; leisure and hospitality, 2,900; financial activities and other services, 1,500 each and construction, 1,300. The job gains were offset somewhat by losses in education and health services, 800, and trade, transportation and warehousing, 100.

“Our over-the-month job growth was solid, but it’s the over-the-year growth that continues to keep Georgia a leader in job growth,” Butler said. “Our employers have created 118,700 jobs since September of last year. That 2.8 percent growth rate is much stronger than the 1.7 percent national growth rate.”

Most of the gains came in professional and business services, 27,100; trade, transportation and warehousing, 26,100; leisure and hospitality, 24,400; education and health services, 12,400; government, 11,100; and construction, 10,500. Information services lost 2,700, and other services, 600.

WHO’S HIRING:

From Northwest Georgia Career DepotMohawk has 117 openings in Northwest Georgia:

Chattahoochee Technical College will host a manufacturing industry career fair on Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Metro Campus, 5198 Ross Road in Acworth. The event is open to the public. The event will focus on students and graduates in programs of study such as Air Conditioning Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Drafting, Industrial Maintenance and Electric Technology, Welding and Joining and more. Job seekers can expect to network with participating employers and will have the opportunity to apply for jobs. Organizations participating in the career fair include the Atlanta Braves, Crane Nuclear, Georgia Power, Inalfa Roof Systems, Kauffman Tire, Belnick Incorporated, Coca-Cola, Toyo, Yancey Bros. and Warner Architectural Associates. For a complete list that includes positions available, click here.

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