Metro Albany's jobless rate rises to 10.5 percent in July
Release Date: August 23, 2012
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor announced
today that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Albany
rose to 10.5 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage
point from 10.3 percent in June. The rate was 10.9 percent in
The rate increased because the labor grew by 90 new job
seekers, which, when coupled with some job loss, pushed the
number of unemployed up 206 to 7,839.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.4
percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.5 percent.
Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest,
each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest
area rate since August 2011.
Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment
rate increased to 9.3 percent in July, up three-tenths of a
percentage point from 9.0 percent in June. The jobless rate
was 10 percent in July a year ago.
The number of jobs in the state dropped by 17,900, or
five-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,931,900 in June to
3,914,000 in July. There were 20,600 jobs lost among seasonal
workers in the local public schools, but some of that loss
was offset because the private sector added 5,600
In metro Albany, jobs decreased to 59,300, down by 900
from June, but up by 300 from 59,000 in July 2011.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally
adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.