Barrow County had the highest unemployment rate in the heart of Northeast Georgia in October with a rate of 7.4 percent. That was higher than the state average of 7 percent and higher than all of the Northeastern Georgia area which was at 7.3 percent.
In addition, Barrow saw its unemployment insurance claims jump in October from 230 in 2007 to 526 in October 2008, a 129 percent increase.
Jackson County was also hard hit in October’s employment rates with an unemployment rate of 7 percent compared to 4.1 percent the year before. While lower in raw numbers, Jackson’s initial unemployment insurance claims rose faster than Barrow’s in October with a 131 percent climb over October 2007.
Banks County had the lowest unemployment in the area at 5.1 percent, although that was higher than the county’s 3 percent in October 2007.
Madison County was a little higher at 5.9 percent compared to 3.7 percent the year before.