State's Jobless Rate Increases to 9.3 percent in July
The long-term unemployed, out of work for more than 26 weeks, account for 51 percent of those unemployed in Georgia.
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The news on the jobs front for Georgia coming out of the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday indicated the state is not yet moving in the right direction. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in July, which is up from 9.0 percent in June. It is however, better than it was at 10 percent a year ago.
“One of the main reasons for the increase in the unemployment rate was a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a news release, “but many of those people have already gone back to work.”
There were 56,540 first-time claims reported for unemployment insurance benefits in July. This was up 7,661, or 15.7 percent, from last month. Most of the increase reportedly came from temporary manufacturing layoffs. This was, however, a drop of 8.2 percent from first time claims a year ago.
The state reported an increase in the labor force by 7,731 new job seekers in July, bringing the labor force up to 4,765,132 in July. The state’s labor force has reportedly increased for 14 of the past 15 months.