Bartow County's labor force grew in July, while fewer of its workers were employed, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
The county's jobless rate rose to a preliminary 10 percent, up from a revised 9.3 in June. It was 10.1 in July 2011.
For the 15 counties covered by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, which includes Bartow, the jobless rate rose to 10.1 percent in July, up from 9.7 percent in June. The rate was 10.6 percent in July 2011.
The increase was due to 1,464 new layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, transportation and warehousing, and administrative and support services, according to the release.
In metro Atlanta, unemployment rose to a preliminary 9.3 percent in July, up from 9.2 percent in June and down from 10.1 percent in July 2011.
It increased because there were 2,157 new layoffs in manufacturing, construction, educational services, and administrative and support services.
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 jobs.