Georgia's jobless rate up again in July

5:55 AM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased again in July.

The rate is now 9.3 percent, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in June.

More than 56,000 Georgians filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance last month.

"One of the main reasons for the increase in the unemployment rate was a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing, but many of those people have already gone back to work," State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement.

The state's labor force also increased by 7,731 new job seekers to 4,765,132 in July. Meanwhile, the number of jobs dropped by 17,900, or five-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,931,900 in June to 3,914,000 in July.

There were 20,600 jobs lost among seasonal workers in the local public schools, but some of that loss was offset because the private sector added 5,600 jobs.

The long-term unemployed -- those out of work for more than 26 weeks -- make up 51 percent of those unemployed in Georgia.

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