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Effingham’s jobless rate holds steady at 7.6 percent

POSTED: August 26, 2013 5:19 p.m.

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor announced last week that Effingham County’s preliminary unemployment rate for July was 7.6 percent, holding steady from June’s revised rate of 7.6 percent.


Unemployment in Effingham for July 2012 was 8 percent.


Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate decreased to 8.7 percent in July, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in June. The rate was 8.9 percent in July a year ago.


The rate declined because the number of layoffs, represented by new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, decreased by 436, or 23.5 percent, to 1,418, down from 1,854 in June. Most of the decline came in transportation, warehousing, and accommodations and food services.


There were 157,500 jobs in July in metro Savannah, down by 1,500 from 159,000 in June. Most of the job loss came in local government and leisure and hospitality. The area has gained 700 jobs since the 156,800 jobs in July 2012. The annual gains came mostly in trade and transportation, leisure and hospitality, and education and health services.


The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined by 648 to 181,812 in July, down from 182,460 in June. It was down by 2,084 from 183,896 in July 2012.


The unemployment rate in Coastal Georgia declined to 9.4 percent in July, down from 9.5 percent in June. The rate was 9.6 percent in July 2012.


The rate declined because the number of unemployed residents declined by 618 to 29,897. There were 289,674 employed residents.


The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined by 812 to 319,571 in July, down from 320,383 in June. It was down by 2,667 from 322,238 in July 2012.


The number of layoffs, represented by new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, increased by 127, or 4.3 percent, to 3,086 from 2,959 in June. Claims were up in manufacturing, construction and trade.


Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.9 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at 12.3 percent.

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