The Georgia Department of Labor says the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Albany area rose to 10.6 percent in July, up five-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in June.
In Albany, the number of unemployed workers increased in July to 8,120, up 2,987 from July 2008. The number of payroll jobs in metro Albany was 61,500, a loss of 1,800 or 2.8 percent from July 2008.
Statewide, the number of payroll jobs in July decreased 199,400, or 4.9 percent, from July 2008. The over-the-year losses were in manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, professional and business services, including temporary employment agencies, and construction. Jobs in healthcare, private educational services, and local and state governmental education showed a combined increase of 19,600 jobs.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in June. Last month, 493,748 unemployed Georgians were looking for work, an increase of 63.6 percent from July 2008.
Georgia labor market data is available at www.dol.state.ga.us