Un­em­ploy­ment rate up slightly for June in Ge­or­gia

The Standard Journal - - Business -

Ge­or­gia’s sea­son­ally ad­justed un­em­ploy­ment rate for June was 7.4 per­cent, up two-tenths of a per­cent­age point from 7.2 per­cent in May, the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of La­bor an­nounced. The rate in June of last year was 8.4 per­cent.

“Al­though the rate in­creased, it’s be­cause of sea­sonal fac­tors, such as the sum­mer job loss among non- con­tract school work­ers and tem­po­rary lay­offs, pri­mar­ily in man­u­fac­tur­ing,” said state la­bor com­mis­sioner Mark But­ler. “We also saw our la­bor force in­crease for the sixth month in a row.

“But the re­ally good news is that Ge­or­gia em­ploy­ers have cre­ated 81,100 jobs since last June,” But­ler said, “which is the largest June-to-June job growth since 2006.”

There were 4,108,100 jobs in Ge­or­gia in June, up 2.0 per­cent from 4,027,000 in June 2013. The job gain­ers were in pro­fes­sional and busi­ness ser­vices, 27,100; trade, trans­porta­tion and ware­hous­ing, 20,400; leisure and hos­pi­tal­ity, 18,600; man­u­fac­tur­ing, 6,900; con­struc­tion, 6,400; ed­u­ca­tion and health ser­vices, 4,000; in­for­ma­tion ser­vices, 1,900; and fi­nan­cial ser­vices, 1,700. Govern­ment lost 5,700 jobs.

How­ever, the num­ber of jobs in June was down by 18,000, or 0.4 per­cent, from 4,126,100 in May. Vir­tu­ally all of the loss came in pub­lic and pri­vate ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices, along with so­cial as­sis­tance, which in­cludes pre-school and day­care cen­ters. For the past three years, the state has lost an aver­age of 18,000 sea­sonal jobs from May to June.

The la­bor force in­creased to 4,782,425, up by 2,007 from 4,780,418 in May.

There were 37,917 new claims for un­em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance filed in June, an in­crease of 4,726, or 14.2 per­cent, from 33,191 in May. Of the in­crease, 3,376 claims were in man­u­fac­tur­ing.

How­ever, over the year, ini­tial claims were down by 4.7 per­cent. There were 1,860 fewer claims filed than the 39,777 in June 2013. Most of the de­cline over the year came in ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices, con­struc­tion, ac­com­mo­da­tions and food ser­vices, and trade, trans­porta­tion and ware­hous­ing.

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