New­ton County un­em­ploy­ment rate up slightly

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New­ton County’s un­em­ploy­ment rate ticked up in July to 10.5 per­cent, the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of La­bor re­ported Thurs­day. June’s un­em­ploy­ment rate in the county was 10.3 per­cent. In July 2012, New­ton County’s un­em­ploy­ment rate was 10.8.

The county’s July la­bor force, which rep­re­sents the num­ber of peo­ple em­ployed and those ac­tively look­ing for work, to­taled 44,221, with 5,161 peo­ple un­em­ployed, the GDOL re­ported.

In the over­all At­lanta Metropoli­tan Sta­tis­ti­cal Area (MSA), which in­cludes New­ton County, the July un­em­ploy­ment rate de­creased to 8.6 per­cent, down from 8.8 per­cent in June. The rate was 9.3 per­cent in July a year ago

Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of La­bor, the pri­vate sec­tor con­tin­ues to add jobs in At­lanta, gain­ing 9,400 in July. How­ever, the gain was off­set by a loss of 10,800 govern­ment jobs. Pri­vate sec­tor in­creases were seen in con­struc­tion, 3,200; trade and trans­porta­tion, 2,700; ed­u­ca­tion and health ser­vices, 1,400; leisure and hos­pi­tal­ity, 1,200; in­for­ma­tion ser­vices, 700; man­u­fac­tur­ing, 600; and fi­nan­cial ser­vices, 300.

In Rock­dale County, July’s 9.7 per­cent un­em­ploy­ment rate was up slightly from June’s 9.6 per­cent, but down al­most a full per­cent­age point from a year ago, when un­em­ploy­ment stood at 10.7 per­cent.

Across the metro At­lanta area, metro Athens had the low­est un­em­ploy­ment rate, 6.9 per­cent, while metro Dal­ton and the Heart of Ge­or­gia-Al­tamaha tied for the high­est at 12.3 per­cent.

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