GA Unemployment Rate Increases

August 20, 2013

Some more bad news in terms of jobs numbers for the state of Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced late last week, that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.8% in July.

That rate was three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised rate of 8.5% in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the increase, there is some encouraging data.

“If you take a look at the numbers behind the rate, there are some very encouraging things going on in Georgia’s economy. The most encouraging thing is we continue to see the private sector gain jobs.  Our last leader is once again in government jobs, while we are seeing a lot of local governments cut back on employees, we are seeing the private sector continue to grow, which is very positive news” says Butler.

Butler pointed out that some of the biggest strides in the private sector are actually in constructed related jobs, which he said is great news, especially with the impact that area took during the recession.

“Inside the private sector number we saw some very encouraging news. Construction itself had one of the largest gains over the month we’ve seen in a very long time. 4,000 jobs gained in construction. That’s very good news for Georgia and very good news for the construction industry which had been hit very hard during the recession” says Butler.

Expected to be released towards the end of the month are the county by county unemployment numbers.

Elbert County’s unemployment rate for the month of June came in at 11.3%.