Metro Augusta jobless rate slightly higher

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Augusta rose to 9.9 percent in July, up from 9.8 percent in June.

The rate was also 9.9 percent in July 2011.

According to the labor department, there were 401 new layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, and administrative and support services.

All four Georgia counties in the metro area had increases, while the two South Carolina counties were lower than last month.

The number of unemployed in the six-county area was 25,595, up 450 from June, and nearly even with the number of jobless in July 2011, according to data. The number of job seekers also went up, contributing to the percentage rate increase.

Metro Athens had the lowest jobless rate in the state at 7.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.5 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 9 percent in June. The jobless rate was 10 percent in July a year ago.

COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

July June July 2011

Richmond County 12.0 % 11.7 % 11.9 %

Columbia County 7.8 % 7.7 % 7.7 %

Aiken County 8.4 % 8.9 % 8.7 %

Edgefield County 9.3 % 9.4 % 8.9 %

Burke County 13.9 % 12.7 % 13.5 %

McDuffie County 13.0 % 11.0 % 11.8 %

Source: Georgia Department of Labor, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

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