The rate in June was 7.4 percent. The rate was 8.8 percent in July a year ago.
Like June, the rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing.
All six counties that make up the metro area had higher jobless rates in July. Aiken County was the lowest at 6.3 percent and Burke County was the highest at 11.9 percent.
According to state data, the combined labor force was 265,871 people with 244,671 having jobs.
Throughout Georgia, Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent. Metro areas in South Carolina were lead by Greenville at 5.5 percent and trailed by Florence at 7.4 percent.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June. The rate was 8.8 percent in July a year ago.
South Carolina had an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent last month, up from 5.3 percent in June.