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.
Forty years ago this week, President Richard Nixon set up the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Program. Georgia has 30,000 National Guard and Reserve members. As they come back from deployment, many are having a hard time getting back into the civilian workforce.
Any Georgian who’s laid off from work after July 1 will receive fewer weeks of unemployment benefits. The change is part of a new law passed this year by state lawmakers. Labor department officials say it will help the state repay a $700 million federal loan in two years, rather than six.
Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen below 9 percent for the first time in more than three years. The jobless rate declined for the ninth consecutive month in April to 8.9 percent.
Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped for eight straight months, and the state's labor commissioner said that's a sign more Georgians are getting back to work. The Georgia Department of Labor reported the state's unemployment rate for March was 9 percent, compared to 9.1 percent in February.
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.