Augusta’s Unemployment, Jobs Better Than a Year Ago
Augusta’s unemployment rate jumped slightly in July but is still more than a percentage point better than the year before.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced this week that Metro Augusta’s unemployment rate for July was 7.1 percent, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.8 percent in June. But the rate in July 2014 was 8.4 percent.
There were also more jobs in the area than a year ago. July of this year numbers show 6,500 more jobs than in July 2014. Most of the job growth came in leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and warehousing, education and health services and local government.
However, jobs did decrease by 500 from June to July of this year. The job losses came in local and state government and retail trade, transportation and warehousing.
Also, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 550, or 34 percent, to 2,167 in July. Most of the increase came in manufacturing, administrative and support services, wholesale trade and construction. Over the year, claims were up by 179, or 9.0 percent, from 1,988 in July 2014.
The labor force grew to 258,527, an increase of 1,586 from June. As job seekers enter the labor force, they’re counted as unemployed until they find work. In July 2014, the labor force was 257,424.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 6.0 percent, down from 6.1 percent in June. It was 7.2 percent in July 2014.