Special to the Journal
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region decreased to 9.5 percent in July, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.8 percent in June. The rate was 9.7 percent in July a year ago.
The rate declined because the number of unemployed residents declined by 444 to 15,600. There were 148,458 employed residents.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 760 to 164,058 in July, up from 163,298 in June. It was down by 2,491 from 166,549 in July 2012.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.9 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at 12.3 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in June. The rate was 9.1 percent in July a year ago.