NEWS RELEASE from the Georgia Department of Labor
ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Albany was unchanged at 10.7 percent from June to July. The preliminary June rate was 10.8 percent, but was revised down by one-tenth of a percentage point. The jobless rate in metro Albany in July a year ago was 11.2 percent.
The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia area decreased to 10.4 percent in July, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.5 percent in June. The preliminary June rate was 10.6 percent, but was revised down one-tenth of a percentage point. The jobless rate in the area in July a year ago was 10.7 percent.
The lowest area rates, at 7.9 percent, were recorded in Athens and Warner Robins, while the highest, at 12.8 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area near Dublin.
Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.9 percent in June. The state's jobless rate was also 10.1 percent in July a year ago.
The July increase, as in June, was due primarily to the traditional seasonal layoffs, with about 80 percent of them in state and local education.
July marked the 48th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, down from 9.2 percent in June.
Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us