The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) increased to 10.5 percent in July, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.4 percent in June. The rate was 10.7 percent in July a year ago.
The rate rose because there was an increase in new layoffs and in the labor force.
The number of layoffs, represented by new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, increased by 996, or 41.7 percent, to 3,386 from 2,390 in June. Most of the increase came in manufacturing, administrative and support services, construction and trade. There were 3,338 claims filed in July 2012.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 304 to 209,660 in July, up from 209,356 in June. It was down by 284 from 209,944 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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