Aug. 16, 2013 – The Georgia Department of Labor announced this week that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased in July to 8.8 percent.
That rate is three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised 8.5 percent in June, but it is still betther than the 9.1 percent in July a year ago.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said, that the rate increased primarily because there was a significant number of new layoffs, and non-contract school employees remained unemployed because of the summer break.
However, he said, that the vast majority of the layoffs were temporary, and the school employees are beginning to return to work.
Butler added that Georgia’s private sector employers have added jobs for six consecutive months now, and inside that private sector number, there’s more encouraging news. Construction grew more than 4,000 jobs, which is one of the largest over-the-month gains in construction we’ve seen in a very long time. Most of the construction growth is in the specialty trades, such as electricians and carpenters, which are in-demand occupations.
More good news includes the number of long-term unemployed workers, that number had declined in July, it is down by 1,300 from June.
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