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Metro Gainesville jobless rate down to 7.5 in July
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The local jobs picture has brightened a bit over the summer.

Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate decreased slightly to 7.5 percent in July, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.6 percent in June, the Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

The rate was 8.2 percent in July a year ago.

The rate declined because 322 more residents became employed, pushing the total number to 84,370, plus there was an increase in the number of jobs.

While the state lost jobs in July, Gainesville went against the trend and added 100, raising the total to 75,400 from 75,300 in June. Most of the growth came in trade and transportation.

The over-the-year job growth was solid, as the area has gained 1,100 jobs since the 74,300 jobs in July 2012. The annual gains came mostly in trade and transportation, along with the goods-producing sector, which includes poultry-processing, other manufacturing, and construction.

The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 308 to 91,256 in July, up from 90,948 in June. It was down by 349 from 91,605 in July 2012.

The jobless rate in the Georgia Mountains region was unchanged at 7.9 percent from June to July. The rate was 8.4 percent in July a year ago.

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. Metro Atlanta's rate fell to 8.6 percent.

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.