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State jobless rate down slightly, Rome loses 300 jobs since 2012

Sep 19, 2013 -- 2:14pm

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

Statewide jobless claims were down for the month of August, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The unemployment rate last month declined to 8.7 percent, a tenth of a percent from July’s figure of 8.8 percent. Since the beginning of the recession in 2007, the state has not seen a lower number of layoffs over a month’s time as 35,503 were out of work as a result of furloughs. The noticeable decrease was the result of temporary laid off workers in July returning to work in August and a small increase in the number of statewide jobs.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says despite the loss of about 7,700 jobs in the private sector, the state jobs market is in a much better position than it was a year ago...

“The job gains that we normally would have in August, especially in the private sector, occurred in June and July, two months in which we normally lose thousands of jobs,” Butler said. “As far as the overall number of jobs, we are much better off this August than last.”

Labor figures show Metro Rome lost 300 jobs in August, compared to the same month a year ago. First time jobless claims were down across the region with a 23 percent drop in Floyd, Polk County down slightly at 4.1 percent, and Bartow down 34.2 percent. County-by-county jobless numbers are expected out late next week.

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