Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate for July was 5.5 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.3 percent in June, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
It was still the lowest rate among the state’s metro areas and considerably lower than the 7 percent unemployment rate in metro Gainesville in July 2014.
The rate rose as the number of jobs decreased and the number of new layoffs, as measured by unemployment insurance claims, increased.
The number of jobs in Gainesville decreased by 1,200, or 1.5 percent, in July to 81,400. The job losses came mostly in local government, along with trade, transportation and warehousing.
However, there was an over-the-year gain of 2,100 jobs, or 2.7 percent, from July 2014. Most of the job growth came in the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction, along with the service-related industries, including trade, transportation and warehousing.
Also, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 14, or 3.4 percent, to 429 in July. Most of the increase came in temporary claims filed in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were down by 185, or 30.1 percent, from 614 in July 2014.
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.