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Metro Savannah jobless rate hits 10 percent

POSTED: August 27, 2009 5:09 p.m.

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Savannah area rose to 10 percent in July, up 1.4 percentage points from a revised 8.6 percent in June.

In Savannah, the number of unemployed workers increased in July to 18,071, up 7,424 from July 2008. The number of payroll jobs in metro Savannah was 154,100, a loss of 4,200 or 2.7 percent from July 2008.

Statewide, the number of payroll jobs in July decreased 199,400, or 4.9 percent, from July 2008. The over-the-year losses came in manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, professional and business services, including temporary employment agencies, and construction. Health care, private educational services, and local and state governmental education showed a combined increase of 19,600 jobs.

Meanwhile, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in June.

Last month, 493,748 unemployed Georgians were looking for work, an increase of 63.6 percent from July 2008.

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