ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Three Rivers region in July was 6 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.9 percent in June. The rate in July 2015 was 7 percent.
The rate rose as 2,562 new people entered the labor force. The labor force consists of people employed and those who are unemployed, but actively looking for jobs. As new entrants search for a job, they’re counted as unemployed, which helped increase the number of jobless people by 247. However, the number of employed residents also grew by 2,315.
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 1,031, or 40.7 percent, to 3,563 in July. Most of the increase came in manufacturing, wholesale trade, and administrative and support services, which includes temporary staffing agencies. However, over the year, claims were down by 404, or 10.2 percent, from 3,967 in July 2015.
Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 7 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 5 percent, down from 5.1 percent in June. It was 5.7 percent in July 2015.