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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 4:05am

Local Unemployment Inches Up Again

Updated: 2 years ago.
The Rome metro area saw the largest jobless rate increase – up four-tenths of a point to 11.2 percent. In Augusta, Atlanta, Hinesville and Warner Robins, a handful of layoffs in each community pushed rates up only slightly. (Photo Courtesy of Andreas Klinke Johannsen via Flickr.)

A growing labor force and layoffs pushed local unemployment rates up in July across Georgia.

The Rome metro area saw the largest jobless rate increase – up four-tenths of a point to 11.2 percent. The state Department of Labor blames layoffs in manufacturing, construction and administrative and support services in new data released Thursday morning.

In Valdosta and Athens, unemployment held steady in July – 9.2 and 7.4 percent, respectively. In Augusta, Atlanta, Hinesville and Warner Robins, a handful of layoffs in each community pushed rates up only slightly.

The Labor Department reported last week the statewide jobless number climbed to 9.3 percent in July.

Georgia Metro Area Unemployment – July 2012


Albany – 10.5 percent (10.3 percent in June)

Athens – 7.4 percent (unchanged from June)

Atlanta – 9.3 percent (9.2 percent in June)

Augusta – 9.9 percent (9.8 percent in June)

Brunswick – 10.8 percent (10.4 percent in June)

Columbus – 10 percent (9.8 percent in June)

Dalton – 12.5 percent (12.2 percent in June)

Gainesville – 7.8 percent (7.5 percent in June)

Hinesville – 9.7 percent (9.6 percent in June)

Macon – 10.3 percent (10 percent in June)

Rome – 11.2 percent (10.6 percent in June)

Savannah – 9.2 percent (9 percent in June)

Valdosta – 9.2 percent (unchanged from June)

Warner Robins – 8.1 percent (8 percent in June)