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Jobless rate up in county, metro, state
by Noreen Cochran
July 30, 2014 06:48 PM | 2054 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia Department of Labor announced last week Henry County’s unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in June, up from 7.2 percent in May but down from June 2013, when it was 9 percent.

Stockbridge weighed in at 9.8 percent, an increase from May’s 9.4 percent but lower than June 2013’s 10.5 percent.

Across the metro Atlanta area, joblessness rose to 7.6 percent in June, a jump of four-tenths of a point from May, when it was 7.2 percent. The rate was 8.6 percent in June last year.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement the rise is due to the time of year.

“The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers, temporary layoffs in manufacturing and a rise in the labor force as graduates and students entered the job market,” he said.

Education had a major influence on job loss, Butler said.

“Virtually all of the loss came in public and private educational services, along with social assistance, which includes pre-school and daycare centers,” he said.

Statewide, the rate is 7.4 while the U.S. rate is 6.3; both are up two-tenths of a percent from last month but 1 point below June 2013 for Georgia and 1.5 percent less for the nation.

“We also saw our labor force increase for the sixth month in a row,” Butler said. “But, the really good news is that Georgia employers have created 81,100 jobs since last June, which is the largest June-to-June job growth since 2006.”

There were 4,108,100 jobs in Georgia in June, up 2.0 percent from 4,027,000 in June 2013.

The job gainers were in professional and business services, 27,100; trade, transportation and warehousing, 20,400; leisure and hospitality, 18,600; manufacturing, 6,900; construction, 6,400; education and health services, 4,000; information services, 1,900; and financial services, 1,700. Government lost 5,700 jobs.

The number of jobs in June was down by 18,000, or 0.4 percent, from 4,126,100 in May.

For the past three years, the state has lost an average of 18,000 seasonal jobs from May to June.The labor force increased to 4,782,425, up by 2,007 from 4,780,418 in May.

There were 37,917 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in June, an increase of 4,726, or 14.2 percent, from 33,191 in May. Of the increase, 3,376 claims were in manufacturing.

Over the year, initial claims were down by 4.7 percent. There were 1,860 fewer claims filed than the 39,777 in June 2013.

Most of the decline over the year came in educational services, construction, accommodations and food services, and trade, transportation and warehousing.

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