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

Thursday, July 23, 2009 6:46 AM
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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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concernednative
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concernednative 07/23/09 - 07:59 am
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Healthcare and education will

Healthcare and education will go up. People will get sick with this economy and others will go back to school.

bone
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bone 07/23/09 - 08:10 am
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change we can believe in!

change we can believe in!

Sandpiper
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Sandpiper 07/23/09 - 08:21 am
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As the jobless rate keeps

As the jobless rate keeps rising and Obama's approval rate keeps falling it won't be long before those numbers match!

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 07/23/09 - 08:32 am
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Say it isn't so.......The

Say it isn't so.......The messiah PROMISED the unemployment rate would NOT go above 8% if they passed the "stimulus bill". Could it be that the Preside nt LIED TO US? Youbetcha! And it's only going to get worse America! "Change" is coming in 2010 and 2012! We are going to TAKE BACK AMERICA from the socialists in power today!WAKE UP AMERICA!

xanadu
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xanadu 07/23/09 - 10:01 am
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wait a minute. what happened

wait a minute. what happened to the stimulus money that was supposed to boost jobs? oh, wait, they gave 2 million to the unemployed, to boost THEIR economy.

double_standard
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double_standard 07/23/09 - 10:04 am
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Truthfully this area

Truthfully this area unemployment rate is normally 7% so it's only up 3%.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 07/23/09 - 10:29 am
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It takes time to recover from

It takes time to recover from an huge economic disaster. The problems did not start under Obama's watch. No president caused the problems. Though the things that led to the problems could be due to lack of government interference (as everyone claims is good because things will "regulate themselves" theory) because greed overcomes self regulation in the free market too often anymore. Unfortunately some regulation is needed. The honor system does not work.

bdittle
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bdittle 07/23/09 - 12:17 pm
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I'm sure it is fun to blame

I'm sure it is fun to blame Obama, but the issue has to do with Augusta's economic portfolio. Healthcare being the largest sector is nice and steady, but Manufacturing and Retail are Augusta's #2 & #3 employers. When you have an economy based in Manufacturing/Retail, you are going to take a bigger hit in recession economies.

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