The Georgia Department of Labor announced that metro Atlanta’s
unemployment rate decreased to 8.6 percent in July, down two-tenths of a
percentage point from 8.8 percent in June. The rate was 9.3 percent in
July a year ago.
The rate dropped as 15,945 more people became employed in metro Atlanta in July than in June, pushing the number to 2,538,968.
private sector continues to add jobs in Atlanta, gaining 9,400 in July.
However, government shed 10,800 jobs, which left an overall net loss
of 1,400, as the over all number of jobs decreased to 2,412,800 from
2,414,200 in June.
The private sector job increases came in
construction, 3,200; trade and transportation, 2,700; education and
health services, 1,400; leisure and hospitality, 1,200; information
services, 700; manufacturing, 600; and financial services, 300.
Over-the-year job gains are strong, as Metro Atlanta has gained 72,000 jobs, or 3.1 percent, since the 2,340,800 in July 2012.
annual gains came in several industries, including: professional and
business services, 22,700; trade and transportation, 13,600; education
and health services, 13,200; leisure and hospitality, 11,500;
construction, 7,100; information services, 4,700; and financial
services, 2,700. Government lost 1,700 jobs.
The labor force,
which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but
actively looking for work, rose by 11,643 to 2,779,160 in July, up from
2,767,517 in June. It was up by 26,771 from 2,752,389 in July 2012.
Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.9 percent, while metro
Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate for July was 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in June.
The rate was 9.1 percent in July a year ago.