A year ago, Bartow's unemployment rate was 9.6 percent.
Northwest Georgia likewise saw a slight increase in its unemployment rate—up to 9.4 percent in July from 9.2 percent in June and 9.6 percent in July a year ago.
The rate rose due to increases in new layoffs and in the labor force, according to the press release. The number of layoffs, represented by new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, increased by 2,733, or 76.9 percent, to 6,286 from 3,553 in June.
Most of the increase came in manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, construction, and trade, transportation and warehousing.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 1,838 to 415,326 in July, up from 413,488 in June. It was up by 253 from 415,073 in July 2012.
Metro Atlanta fared a little better.
It's rate decreased to 8.6 percent in July from 8.8 percent in June and 9.3 percent in July a year ago.
The rate dropped as 15,945 more people became employed in metro Atlanta in July than in June, pushing the number to 2,538,968, according to the press release.
The private sector continues to add jobs in Atlanta, gaining 9,400 in July. However, government shed 10,800 jobs, which left an overall net loss of 1,400, as the over all number of jobs decreased to 2,412,800 from 2,414,200 in June.
The private sector job increases came in construction, 3,200; trade and transportation, 2,700; education and health services, 1,400; leisure and hospitality, 1,200; information services, 700; manufacturing, 600; and financial services, 300.
Over-the-year job gains are strong, as Metro Atlanta has gained 72,000 jobs, or 3.1 percent, since the 2,340,800 in July 2012. The annual gains came in several industries, including: professional and business services, 22,700; trade and transportation, 13,600; education and health services, 13,200; leisure and hospitality, 11,500; construction, 7,100; information services, 4,700; and financial services, 2,700. Government lost 1,700 jobs.
The labor force rose by 11,643 to 2,779,160 in July, up from 2,767,517 in June. It was up by 26,771 from 2,752,389 in July 2012.
Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in June and 9.1 percent in July a year ago. Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted.
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