Posted: Thursday, August 21st 2014 at 5:22am
Unemployment rate rises in July for NE Ga., Gainesville metro
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia region increased to 7.5 percent in July, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.0 percent in June. The rate was 7.9 percent in July a year ago.
The July rate increase is primarily due to seasonal factors, such as temporary layoffs in educational services. However most of the laid-off workers have returned to their jobs.
Also, there were 1,938 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in July, an increase of 212, or 12.3 percent, from 1,726 in June. Most of the increase was due to claims filed by workers in administrative and support services. There were 2,747 claims filed in July 2013, down 29.5 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July a year ago.
Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate for July was 7.0 percent, up six-tenths of a percentage point from 6.4 percent in June. The rate in July of last year was 7.1 percent.
There were 78,500 jobs in Gainesville in July, down by 600, or 0.8 percent, from June. The losses were mostly in local government. However, there was an over-the-year gain of 1,600 jobs, or 2.1 percent, from July 2013. The primary growth was in retail trade and transportation.
Also, there were 614 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in July, an increase of 23, or 3.9 percent, from 591 in June. Most of the increase was due to temporary layoffs in manufacturing. There were 969 claims filed in July 2013, down 36.6 percent.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted.
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