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August 20, 2007

Albany--The hot, summer months haven't just been tough on south Georgians when it comes to keeping cool--but also when it comes to finding a job.

According to the latest report from the US Labor Department job growth for the month of July was the slowest its been since February.

Employers added only 92,000 jobs last month--a number much lower than economists expected.

The state's unemployment rate increased for the month of July by two-tenths. However, it's currently the same as the national average which is 4.9 percent. The reason for the increase in the unemployment rate is because there are too many people and not enough jobs to go around during the summer.

In Albany alone, the city lost 200 payroll jobs for the month of July. From June to July of this year, the state lost more than 24,000 payroll jobs, with 80 percent of those among seasonal workers in public schools.

Also, jobs in education, healthcare, and social services have taken a dive during the summer.

Management with the Department of Labor here in Albany says there's a reason why there are fewer jobs during the summer than any other time of the year.

"You have high school students that are looking for temporary summer jobs, and you also have recent high school grads and college grads who are looking for permanent jobs," says Cherry Rizer with the Department of Labor in Albany.

If you're looking for a job, retail is probably the best bet. The Department of Labor says the jobs in that field are more prevalent than any other.

Other career fields not having a good month include manufacturing and construction.

Construction layoffs have risen in recent months due to the nationwide surge in commercial real estate.

Economists initially forecasted that employers would add 130,000 jobs for the month of July--that's 40,000 less than expected.

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