North­west Ge­or­gia’s job­less rate rises to 5.1 per­cent in July

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The un­em­ploy­ment rate in the North­west Ge­or­gia re­gion rose to 5.1 per­cent in July.

The rate is up one­tenth of a per­cent­age point from 5 per­cent in June. In July 2016, the rate was 5.9 per­cent.

The rate rose in July as un­em­ploy­ment in­creased by 503 to 21,361 and un­em­ploy­ment claims were up by 968, or 53.2 per­cent, to 2,787. Claims were up in man­u­fac­tur­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tive and sup­port ser­vices. Over the year, claims were down by 1,603, or 36.5 per­cent, from 4,390 in July 2016.

“While the North­west Ge­or­gia rate rose slightly, more peo­ple went back to work,” said State La­bor Com­mis­sioner Mark But­ler.

The to­tal num­ber of em­ployed res­i­dents in the re­gion rose by 1,987 to 397,830 from June to July.

“There were 11,447 more North­west Ge­or­gia area res­i­dents em­ployed than in July 2016,” said Com­mis­sioner But­ler. “I’m pleased to see we have more peo­ple in the North­west Ge­or­gia re­gion em­ployed and con­tribut­ing to Ge­or­gia’s con­tin­ued en­vi­ron­ment of eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity.”

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