Unemployment rate rises in Southwest Georgia

unemployment_clipartThe unemployment rate in Albany is up. The rate for June was 7.6 percent, although that’s still lower than 9 percent in June 2014.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for Southwest Georgia has also increased after a period of decline.

For June, the unemployment rate in SW GA was 7.3 percent, which is down from 8.8 percent in June 2014.

The May unemployment rate in Southwest Georgia was 7.1 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor said the number of unemployed residents increased by 245 people. That’s roughly equal to the number of people who are losing their jobs at Shaw Floors’ main factory in Bainbridge, Ga., although that was not mentioned specifically in the news release.

A community job fair will be held August 19 at 10 a.m. at the Kirbo Center on the campus of Bainbridge State College.

There were 1,200 initial claims for unemployment insurance in June, which is 19, or 1.6 percent, fewer than in May. Most of the decrease came in real estate, rental and leasing. Over the year, claims were down by 286, or 19.2 percent, from 1,486 filed in June 2014.

Around Georgia, Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.3 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.2 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in May. It was 7.3 percent in June 2014.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov

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