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Douglas unemployment rises to 9.3 percent in June
by Tom Spigolon
tspigolon@neighbornewspapers.com
July 26, 2013 08:05 AM | 1335 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Douglas County’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.3 percent in June as the number of unemployed residents rose and initial claims in the manufacturing and educational services industries increased.

The county’s jobless rate increased from 8.5 percent in May to 9.3 percent in June, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The number of employed residents dropped by 373 to 62,959 in June, and the number of unemployed increased by 550 to 6,418 Douglas residents in the same month, said labor analyst Corey Smith.

June’s unemployment rate was still lower than the June 2012 rate of 9.7 percent.

Though the unemployment rate increased, the county saw initial claims for jobless benefits decline by 65; from 568 filings in May to 503 filings in June.

Industries including wholesale trade, accommodation and food services, and health care and social assistance saw initial claims go down; while manufacturing and educational services saw the number of initial claims increase over the month.

The Douglas rate exceeded the statewide and area unemployment rates. The June rate in Georgia was 8.5 percent while the metro Atlanta rate, which is the average for 28 counties surrounding the city of Atlanta, was 8.9 percent.

Joblessness in counties neighboring Douglas ranged from Cobb County at 8.0 percent, to Carroll County at 10.5 percent.

Statewide, 85 counties saw joblessness of 10.0 percent or greater, while 20 counties saw less than 8.0 percent in June.

A separate report on jobless rates in Georgia cities showed Douglasville’s June rate at 10.3 percent, up from 9.7 percent in May.

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