Metro Augusta jobless rate slightly higher

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 6:48 AM
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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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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/23/12 - 09:19 am
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Ho Hum

These mind-numbing statistics don't help anyone.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/23/12 - 09:21 am
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Unemployment

In fact, it would be better for our society for all the gatherers of unemployment data to be put into the unemployment lines. We do not need to know the statistics. Just don't gather them anymore.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/23/12 - 10:28 am
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No, the stats are

No, the stats are important.

Especially to Deke, who was supposed to bring new jobs to Augusta, in between winning magazine awards for something that he didn't do (Betty Beard should've gotten the award) and training for Ironman competitions.

Priorities, you know?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/23/12 - 10:31 am
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Where's our Obama

Where's our Obama money?

Guess them "shovel ready jobs" just weren't so shovel ready.

And yet, the predominantly Democratic Augusta will vote to re-elect the president.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/23/12 - 11:20 am
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No It Can't Be

All these businesses that are moving into Augusta as stated by countyman, this has to be a mistake.

Fools_and_sages
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Fools_and_sages 08/23/12 - 11:26 am
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Listen, Obama has had a jobs act ready to go for about two years. The Tea Party is holding us all hostage, not Obama. Congress has been able to do nothing since voters put too many Tea Party people in office. When are you going to learn that the Tea Party's main goal is to say no to everything but tax cuts for the rich? A lot of corporations are paying 10% of their profits or less to the US government in taxes. Corporations are sitting on record cash reserves and refusing to create jobs because uncertainty about the government's ability to function creates uncertainty in the financial sector. Lower taxes for the job creators isn't creating jobs now so what makes you think even lower taxes for them will later? If you want jobs, vote these Tea Partiers out of office. If you can't bring yourself to vote Democrat in the House and Senate races, then at least vote for a moderate Republican. Government has to function for it to work and all the Tea Party has done is dig in their heels and say "NO" to everything that might help cut the deficit, put people to work, and ease the uncertainty in the world of finance. Heck, the Republicans in Congress can't even build agreement among themselves half the time and it's all because of the Tea Party.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/23/12 - 03:29 pm
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Moderate, Schmoderate

John Boehner is about as moderate as they come, and he is saying, “No,” to Obama as well. Obama has got to go.

randomaugustaguy
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randomaugustaguy 08/23/12 - 04:05 pm
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oh no not the tea party!!

oh no not the tea party!! it's all their fault for wanting fiscal responsibility!! ahhh if only the government could hire all the unemployed to pick up trash somewhere

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/23/12 - 05:18 pm
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@ Fools_and_sages

Sometimes you have to know when to say when.

This idea that saying "No" is a bad thing comes from drinking too much Kool-Aid.

When your friends decide to jump off a bridge, will it be bad to say "No" or should you go along to get along?

In case you haven't heard, we're heading for a financial cliff and the president wants us to hold hands like Thelma and Louise and jump with him.

As for me, I will politely say "No."

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gargoyle 08/23/12 - 10:37 pm
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Nevermind that that Dems

Nevermind that that Dems control two of three houses...Pay no attention that those shovel ready jobs budgeted money has been spent. The Tea Party and selfish Republicans are holding all the jobs hostage . The Democratic party has become the party of excuses. When all else fails blame Bush. Untill the Dems quit hiding and Blame shifting I have trouble taking their canidates seriously .

Shadow8161
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Shadow8161 08/24/12 - 06:41 am
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You didn't build that!

Obama, didn't build the jobs and all the other changes that were promised.
These numbers come from the labor dept. They get there numbers from the people who have hope in possibly getting jobs. If you add all the unemployed over the last 3.5 years who have given up hope, this number would really skyrocket! I wish someone would be able to factor all these people in. But they have just been lost in the shuffle or should I say swept under the rug.

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