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Metro Macon, Warner Robins unemployment rates rise in July

The unemployment rates in Macon and Warner Robins inched upward in July.

Metro Macon’s unemployment rate for July was 7 percent, up from 6.9 percent in June, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate in July 2014 was 8.7 percent.

The number of jobs in Macon decreased by 600 in July to 101,100. The job losses came mostly in local and state government.

However, there was an over-the-year gain of 700 jobs from July 2014, the release stated.

The metro Warner Robins’ unemployment rate for July was 6.9 percent, up from 6.7 percent in June. The rate in July 2014 was 8.3 percent.

The number of jobs in Warner Robins decreased by 100 in July to 69,300, the release stated. The job losses came in local government. There was an over-the-year loss of 400 jobs from July 2014.

The rates in both areas rose as the number of jobs decreased and the number of new layoffs, as measured by unemployment insurance claims, increased.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.5 percent in July, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.3 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 6 percent, down from 6.1 percent in June. It was 7.2 percent in July 2014.

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 or find her on Twitter@MidGaBiz.

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