Northwest Georgia’s jobless rate rises to 10.1 percent in July
The unemployment rate in the northwest Georgia area rose to 10.1 percent in July, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 9.7 percent in June. The rate was 10.6 percent in July 2011.
The rate increased because there were 1,464 new layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, transportation and warehousing, and administrative and support services.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.5 percent. Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest, each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest area rate since August 2011.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in June. The jobless rate was 10 percent in July a year ago.