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      Jobless number drops in July

      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.

      / MGN Online

      The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region decreased to 9.5 percent in July, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.8 percent in June. The rate was 9.7 percent in July a year ago.

      The rate declined because the number of unemployed residents declined by 444 to 15,600. There were 148,458 employed residents.

      The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 760 to 164,058 in July, up from 163,298 in June. It was down by 2,491 from 166,549 in July 2012.

      The Georgia Department of Labor also announced Thursday that metro Albany's unemployment rate decreased to 9.8 percent in July, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 10.2 percent in June. The rate was 10.1 percent in July a year ago.

      The rate declined because 997 more residents became employed, pushing the total number to 67,289, plus there was an increase in the number of jobs.

      There were 61,200 jobs in July in metro Albany, up by 400 from 60,800 in June. State government shed 200 jobs, but the loss was tempered by gains in the service-related industries, including trade and transportation. The area has gained 200 jobs since the 61,000 in July 2012.

      The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 804 to 74,591 in July, up from 73,787 in June. It was down by 1,186 from 75,777 in July 2012.

      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.

      Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us

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