Northwest Georgia's Unemployment Rate Rises To 9.4 Percent In July

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region increased to 9.4 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in June. The rate was 9.6 percent in July a year ago.

The rate rose because there was an increase in new layoffs and in the labor force. 

The number of layoffs, represented by new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, increased by 2,733, or 76.9 percent, to 6,286 from 3,553 in June. Most of the increase came in manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, construction, and trade, transportation and warehousing.

The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 1,838 to 415,326 in July, up from 413,488 in June. It was up by 253 from 415,073 in July 2012. 

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.9 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at 12.3 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in June. The rate was 9.1 percent in July a year ago. 

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us



Chattanooga CARES Promotes Two New Directors

Chattanooga CARES has promoted two new directors, Williams Adams and Adam Kilgore.  Mr. Adams was promoted to prevention and outreach director.  Mr. Adams has worked in HIV education and prevention for more than 10 years. His passion for community work began as a volunteer for Chattanooga CARES in the early nineties and from that time till today, he witnessed the HIV ... (click for more)

Josh Janeway And Kenneth Garmany Join Metalworking Solutions

Metalworking Solutions announced on Wednesday that Josh Janeway and Kenneth Garmany have joined the company as quality manager and director of Business Development respectively. Mr. Janeway has eight years of experience leading ISO efforts in various organizations. Mr. Garmany has over 20 years in the metal fabrication industry, marketing and selling fabrication services throughout ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Chamber Taps Bill Kilbride As Next CEO

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce has tapped retiring Mohawk Industries executive Bill Kilbride as president-elect to succeed Ron Harr as president and CEO on a schedule to be announced later. According to Howard Levine, chairman of the chamber board, Mr. Harr will continue as CEO for several more months. “We were disappointed that health concerns have made it necessary ... (click for more)

NAACP Recommends Staying Away From Planned Protest By Neo-Nazi Group

The president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the NAACP, urged local residents to stay away from a planned rally here by the Nationalist Socialist Movement in August. James R. Mapp said the group seeks to provoke incidents and said counter-protests could lead to problems. Mr. Mapp said, "On April 8th, 2014, reports surfaced throughout the Chattanooga-Hamilton County region that ... (click for more)

Time For Tennessee To Act On Climate This Earth Day - And Response

Tennessee will join the rest of the southeast region, the nation and countries across the world in celebrating Earth Day on April 22. The entire month of April is a great time to reflect on the strides we have made to reduce pollution over the last 44 years, and assess current environmental conditions while evaluating our personal responsibility to a cleaner environment.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Jim Coppinger Excels

Jim Coppinger, who as the mayor of Hamilton County has understandably had to grow some thick skin, wants no part of the repulsive billboards now seen around town that ask, “Do you have gonorrhea?”  His Tuesday morning telephone call revealed he is just as disgusted as the rest of us who see them showing a picture of a forlorn African-American male. “You need to know the Hamilton ... (click for more)