Metro Macon's jobless rate rises to 10.3 percent in July
Release Date: August 23, 2012
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor announced
today that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Macon
rose to 10.3 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percentage
point from 10 percent in June. The rate was 10.6 percent in
The rate increased because there were 70 new layoffs in
transportation and warehousing, professional and technical
services, and administrative and support services.
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 Macon, jobs decreased to 96,800, down by 600
from June, but up by 2,200 from 94,600 in July 2011.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally
adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.