Posted: Thursday, August 22nd 2013 at 7:37am
NE Ga.'s unemployment rate unchanged at 8.3 percent in July
Metro Gainesville's jobless rate was 7.5 percent, down one-tenth of a point, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia region was unchanged at 8.3 percent in June and July. The rate was 8.7 percent in July a year ago.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 1,592 to 300,002 in July, up from 298,410 in June. It was up by 1,652 from 298,350 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.
Metro Gainesville's jobless rate was 7.5 percent, down one-tenth of a point.
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler noted that while the state overall actually lost jobs in the last month, that was not the case for metro Gainesville.
"Well, Gainesville actually bucked that trend and we saw them gain 100 jobs," said Butler. "Matter of fact, if you take a look at private sector alone, it gained 500 jobs over the month, but most of those job gains were offset by [jobs] losses in government."
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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