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Metro area unemployment rate falls
Unemployment in the Brunswick metro area showed a significant drop in the most recent figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor.

From July to August, the rate of unemployment fell by six-tenths of a percentage point, dropping to 10.1 percent after climbing to 10.9 percent in July.

But hold off on the celebrations. The metro area has seen the rate drop before only to rise again a month or two later.

It's been the trend nationwide.

"While month-to-month downward movement in the Glynn County and metro Brunswick unemployment rates are encouraging, we have to keep it in perspective and focus on long term trends," said Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority.

"While the improvement over July is welcome news, the drop of nearly 1 percentage point in August 2012 compared with the same month a year ago is reason for cautious optimism."

Unemployment in the three-county metro area in August 2011 was 10.9 percent.

The metro area includes Glynn, Brantley and Camden counties.

Labor department statistics show jobs in the metro area increasing to 40,100 in August, up by 300 from July and up by 100 from 40,000 in August 2011.

The labor department said there were 143 fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, as well as in health care and social assistance in the tri-county area.

Glynn County had the lowest rate of the three counties at 9.6 percent, while McIntosh and Brantley had some of the highest rates in the state. Of the two, McIntosh had the highest at 11.5 percent, followed by Brantley with 11.4 percent.

The 50 jobs that will move from downtown Brunswick to Darien when the Coastal Regional Commission relocates to the former juvenile detention center is sure to improve the employment picture in McIntosh County.

At 9 percent unemployment, Camden County, which is not in the Brunswick metro area, had the lowest of the four counties.

The lowest rate in the state was recorded in metro Athens at 6.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha Regional Commission had the highest at 12.2 percent.

The latest metro Brunswick figure remains higher than the state's overall rate, which stayed at 9.2 percent from July to August.

The number of jobs in the state rose by 25,100, or six-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,914,100 in July to 3,939,200 in August.

Georgia has created 49,700 jobs since August 2011 when there were 3,889,500 jobs.

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