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June Jobless Rate Climbs Despite Strong Private Sector Data

Jul 18, 2013 -- 1:58pm

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

Georgia’s unemployment rate increased from 8.3% to 8.6% from May to June but it was a still a strong month for the private sector. Several key industries showed growth, while government education positions were greatly reduced.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says there were positive gains for a number of industries in June that have endured troubling circumstances in recent years;

"You never like to see the rate go up and it did go up 0.3% however there is a silver lining and that is this: if you look at all the different sectors we saw a lot of the areas that have been hard hit over the last several years like construction and financial services and those things, they've actually gained jobs.  Our loss leader last month was actually government.  Government lost 10,000 jobs last a matter of fact if you take out the job losses in government and just look at the private sector we actually gained 9,400 jobs last month."      

June marked the fourth consecutive month of growth for the construction industry, an encouraging sign for a sector taken to its knees by the recession several years ago.

The total labor force in the state was down from May to June but still more than 16,000 workers stronger than in June 2012.

Metro Rome lost 400 jobs from May to June, though Floyd, Gordon and Bartow counties all saw far fewer claims for first time unemployment during that span.  

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