Metro Augusta’s June jobless rate hits double digits at 10.1 percent

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor reported this morning that the unemployment rate in the metro Augusta area rose to 10.1 percent in June, up nine-tenths of one percentage point from May, according to a news release.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate jumped to 10.1 percent in June, the highest rate ever recorded in Georgia. The rate rose 0.5 percent from the May rate, and is up 4.0 percentage points from 6.1 percent this time last year.

Last month, 483,394 unemployed Georgians were looking for work, an increase of 65 percent from June of 2008. Of that number, 160,249, or 33 percent, are receiving state unemployment insurance benefits, while approximately 93,000 are receiving federal extended benefits.

The over-the-year losses came in professional and business services, including temporary employment agencies, manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, and in the construction industry, the labor department said.

Health care and educational services, however, showed a combined increase of 12,000 jobs.

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Metro County Unemployment Rates

Richmond: 11.1 percent

Columbia: 7.4 percent

McDuffie: 12.0 percent

Burke: 12.3 percent

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View a map showing unemployment rates for all Georgia counties in June. [PDF]

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