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Fulton’s jobless rate rises to 8.7 percent
by Noreen Cochran
August 26, 2014 02:22 PM | 2801 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo. Fairburn city officials cut the ribbon last month at a Subway restaurant which created six jobs, following a statewide trend.
Special Photo. Fairburn city officials cut the ribbon last month at a Subway restaurant which created six jobs, following a statewide trend.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced last week metro Atlanta joblessness again overtook the state’s rate, which in July was 7.8 percent, ratcheting up to 8.0.

Fulton County outstripped them both by weighing in at 8.7 percent, continuing a trend that pushed its unemployment rate up to 8.4 percent in June and 8.0 in May, compared to April’s 7.3.

In the Fulton part of Atlanta, the rate stands at 10.4, while East Point turned in an 11.6 rate, higher than June but lower than July 2013.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said summer unemployment trends, which in May and June reacted to an influx of new graduates flooding the labor pool, also suffer from a shallower job pool.

“That was mainly due to some seasonal factors with schools being out over the summer,” he said in a statement, referring to positions like cafeteria server and bus driver. “As a matter of fact, if you take a look at the jobs that were gained and lost, all the jobs losses came in government.”

With school starting back Aug. 11, the point is almost moot, Butler said.

“Most of those individuals have already gone back to work,” he said.

Butler said the July uptick overshadowed underlying pockets of progress.

“If you take out the job losses in government due to the school closings and just look at the private sector, which fuels our economy, the private sector gained almost 9,000 jobs over the past month, which is very good news,” he said.

The top job-adding sector at 5 percent growth is leisure and hospitality, which includes restaurants.

Fairburn did its share by opening a new location for a Subway sandwich shop franchise on Broad Street, adding six jobs.

“Subway’s presence represents another important addition as we move forward in creating a downtown which is increasingly becoming a vibrant marketplace for residents and visitors alike,” Mayor Mario Avery said in a statement.

Another prime mover in July was construction, which had 4.4 percent job growth.

Butler said the figure indicates the economy is on the right path for recovery and growth, especially in the recession-savaged construction industry.

In all, metro Atlanta gained 64,000 new jobs compared to July 2013, he said, the largest July over-the-year job growth since 2005, and the state gained 83,300 in the same period, he said.

“Georgia continues to be one of the leading states for job creation,” Butler said.

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