State unemployment rate edges up

The Augusta metro area shed jobs in August as the state's unemployment rate inched up to 10 percent for the month.

"Georgia's job market remains stagnant," state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said. "Many employers are reluctant to hire because of the costs and risks associated with bringing on new employees."

Augusta lost 100 jobs between July and August, a 0.1 percent drop. But employment rose about 2 percent, or 3,800 jobs, since August 2009.

Areas in Augusta that lost jobs were service-providing, professional and business services and the federal government.

Sectors that gained jobs were trade, transportation and utilities, wholesale trade, educational and health services, other services and local government.

Georgia's unemployment rate increased from 9.9 percent in July to 10 percent in August as more laid-off workers filed initial unemployment claims, the state Department of Labor said.

The department attributed the increase to job losses in retail trade and construction across the state.

 

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