The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Augusta's unemployment rate decreased to 9.1 percent in July, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.3 percent in June. The rate was 9.6 percent in July a year ago.
The rate declined because the number of unemployed residents declined by 517 to 24,234. There were 241,736 employed residents.
There were 215,900 jobs in July in metro Augusta, down by 1,400 from 217,300 in June. Most of the job losses came in state and local government and professional and business services. The area has gained 4,400 jobs, or 2.1 percent, since the 211,500 jobs in July 2012. The annual gains came in several industries, including trade and transportation, leisure and hospitality, education and health services, and local government.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined by 262 to 265,970 in July, down from 266,232 in June. It was up by 846 from 265,124 in July 2012.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.9 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at 12.3 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in June. The rate was 9.1 percent in July a year ago.
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