ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.8 percent in July. The rate was three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised 8.5 percent in June, but three-tenths of a percentage point lower than 9.1 percent in July a year ago.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler blamed a significant number of new layoffs and non-contract school employees remaining unemployed because of the summer break. Butler said the vast majority of the layoffs were temporary and pointed out that school employees are beginning to return to work.
The number of new claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose 14,329 to 54,106 from 39,777 in June.
The number of initial claims was down by 2,434 from 56,540 in July 2012. Reductions were in manufacturing, retail trade, educational services, administrative and support services, construction and health care and social assistance.
Georgia's private sector has added jobs for six consecutive months, according to Butler
Georgia Department of Labor