Workforce increase leads to rise in unemployment

In July there were more people working in Emanuel County, but also more people looking for work. From June to July the State Department of Labor says the number of workers increased by 9 to 8,547 people employed. During the same month though, the work force increase by 123 to 9,687 people. That calculates to a preliminary unemployment rate for the county of 11.8 percent for July. An increase from the June revised rate of 10.6 percent. One year ago the unemployment rate in the county stood at 12.1.

Here’s a link to more State Department of Labor data.

Around us, the Heart of Georgia – Altamaha area continues to show the highest unemployment of any of the state’s economic regions and metropolitan areas. In the 17 county area, the July rate came in at 11.4 percent, up from 10.4 in June, and nearly as high the 11.5 percent unemployment in July of 2013.

Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July a year ago. That compares to 6.2 across the US for July.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says most of the job losses in Georgia were temporary seasonal workers, and many of them have gone back to work.

Butler is finding good news in private sector job creation. During July government shed over 21,000 jobs, but the private sector added and created over 8,000 jobs.

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