Unemployment rate up
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.