The unemployment rates rose in metro Macon and Warner Robins in July.
Macon’s unemployment rate for July was 8.6 percent, up from 8.2 percent in June, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate in July 2013 was 9 percent.
There were 98,700 jobs in Macon in July, down by 200 from June. Most of the loss came in state and local government.
Warner Robins’ unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up from 7.3 percent in June. The rate in July of last year also was 7.8 percent.
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There were 58,100 jobs in Warner Robins in July, down by 400 from June. The losses were in federal, state and local government.
The July rate increase in both metropolitan areas is primarily due to seasonal factors, such as temporary layoffs in educational services, according to the release. However, most of the laid-off workers have returned to their jobs.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.