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Gainesville jobless rate rises in July
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The unemployment rate in metro Gainesville was higher again in July, the preliminary rate up three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday.

The jobless rate in the area, which includes all of Hall County, was 8.3 percent in July 2011.

The rate increased because there were 345 new layoffs in manufacturing, trade, and administrative and support services, the Labor Department said.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in June. The jobless rate was 10 percent in July a year ago.

The number of jobs in the state dropped by 17,900, or five-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,931,900 in June to 3,914,000 in July. There were 20,600 jobs lost among seasonal workers in the local public schools, but some of that loss was offset because the private sector added 5,600 jobs.

In metro Gainesville, jobs decreased to 79,000, down by 1,400 from June, but up by 4,100 from 74,900 in July 2011.

The jobless rate in the Georgia Mountains area rose to 8.3 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in June. The rate was 8.8 percent in July 2011. The Labor Department said there were 977 new layoffs in the region.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.5 percent.

Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest, each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest area rate since August 2011.

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