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Unemployment Rate North of 12%
Thursday, 22 August 2013
August 22-- The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region decreased to 12.3 percent in July, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 12.8 percent in June. The rate was 12.1 percent in July a year ago.

The rate declined because the number of unemployed residents declined by 834 to 15,330. There were 109,437 employed residents.

The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, also declined by 1,242 to 124,767 in July, down from 126,009 in June. It was down by 1,960 from 126,727 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.

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.

 

 
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