The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia region increased to 9.5 percent in July, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in June. The rate was also 9.5 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 1,534 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in July, an increase of 271, or 21.5 percent, from 1,263 in June. Most of the increase was due to claims filed in administrative and support services. There were 2,031 claims filed in July 2013, down 24.5 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.
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.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov