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Brunswick unemployment rate improves
The jobless rate in the Brunswick metro area continues to drop.

In September, the most recent data available, the rate in the three-county metro area that includes Glynn fell to 9.7 percent, a decline of three-tenths of a percentage point from the unemployment rate in August.

In addition to Glynn, metro Brunswick counties include McIntosh and Brantley.

September's rate also reflects a drop of 1.2 percent from what it was in September 2011.

Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, said new hires are contributing to a lower jobless rate.

"Primarily King & Prince Seafood," he said. "They've been hiring an average of 20 new employees a week."

Gulfstream, which announced earlier this month plans to hire 35 more people at its facility in Brunswick, also is contributing to job growth in the community.

GSI Commerce/eBay is boosting its workforce, too.

Today's employment picture in metro Brunswick might be even better than what's reflected in the latest figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor.

"Scojet is now up and running in Glynn County, although given that they just opened on Oct. 1, their numbers aren't yet included," Sparks said.

Scojet, which operates a manufacturing facility in China, has three divisions: precision engineering, manufacturing and international sourcing. It moved its headquarters from Augusta to North Glynn Commerce Park, on Jetport Road. It is not known how many people are employed now or how many will be in the immediate future.

The jobless rate is dropping in all three metro Brunswick counties. From July to September, the rate in Glynn fell from 10.3 to 9.1 percent. Rates over the same time span in McIntosh County show a decrease from 11.8 to 10.9 percent and in Brantley County from 12.1 to 11.2 percent.

The jobless rate in Camden County, which is not in the Brunswick metro area, in September was lower than Glynn's at 8.6 percent.

The lowest rate recorded in Georgia's s coastal counties in September was found in Long County, where it was 6.8 percent.

Metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate in Georgia at 6.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.2 percent.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9.0 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in August. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in September a year ago.

While the state lost 400 jobs from August to September, it actually gained 61,800 jobs since the 3,877,600 in September of 2011, climbing to 3,939,400.

In metro Brunswick, the number of jobs decreased to 40,000 in September, down by 500 from August, but up by 1,100 from 38,900 in September 2011.

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