Georgia's jobless rate rose to 9.3 percent in July, which is up from 9 percent in June. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said a main reason for the increase is a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing.
Some public school workers employed by private companies say, they got a nasty surprise a few weeks ago. State labor officials last year proposed eliminating a policy that allowed such workers to collect jobless benefits over the summer. The workers say, they didn't find out about the change until recently. Union officials say, the workers now face months without income.
Federal labor officials are expanding the number of people who can receive payments for having illnesses related to the Savannah River Site. The former nuclear weapons facility near Augusta employed thousands of people who later suffered radiation-related illnesses. The agency now is re-opening about 800 cases.
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday morning the state's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent. That's the lowest rate since March 2009. It’s also a drop of 0.1 percent from January.