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



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