Un­em­ploy­ment rate up

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Ge­or­gia’s sea­son­ally ad­justed un­em­ploy­ment rate is up .1 per­cent to 9.9 per­cent in June, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the State Depart­ment of La­bor.

State La­bor Com­mis­sioner Mark But­ler in a re­lease at­trib­uted much of the in­crease to the end of the school year.

“Non-con­tract school work­ers, such as bus driv­ers, lunch­room and jan­i­to­rial work­ers, are usu­ally laid-off dur­ing the sum­mer school break,” he said in the re­lease. “Also, new grad­u­ates be­gan search­ing for jobs and are counted as unem­ployed while do­ing so. While we lost some sea­sonal jobs, we had an­other in­crease in the num­ber of con­struc­tion jobs, which is the in­dus­try I be­lieve will lead us into a sus­tained re­cov­ery.”

The job­less rate a year ago was at 10 per­cent.

There were 3,818,600 jobs in June, down .4 per­cent from 3,833,200 in May. There were in­creases of 2,900 con­struc­tion jobs and 2,400 in the ser­vice in­dus­tries, which helped off­set the losses in school sys­tems.

There are 20,600, or .5 per­cent fewer jobs than in June of last year. Most of the jobs lost over-theyear were in gov­ern­ment, con­struc­tion, and fi­nan­cial ser­vices.

There were 250,500 long-term unem­ployed Ge­or­gians in June. The num­ber of long-term unem­ployed re­mains 8.9 per­cent higher than the 230,000 in June of last year. The long-term unem­ployed ac­count for 53.6 per­cent of Ge­or­gia’s 467,454 job­less work­ers.

More peo­ple are fil­ing claims for un­em­ploy­ment in­surance ben­e­fits. There were 58,981 ini­tial claims, up 4,138, or 7.5 per­cent, from 54,843 in May.

Most of the first-time claims were in man­u­fac­tur­ing and busi­ness ser­vices, which in­cludes tem­po­rary em­ploy­ment agen­cies.

June marked the 47th con­sec­u­tive month Ge­or­gia has ex­ceeded the na­tional un­em­ploy­ment rate, which is cur­rently 9.2 per­cent, up from 9.1 per­cent in May.

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