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Metro Columbus' July unemployment rate rises to 9.8 %

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ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Columbus area rose to 9.8 percent in July, up one-tenth of one percentage point from a revised 9.7 percent in June.

In Columbus, the number of unemployed workers increased in July to 12,732, up 4,203 from July of 2008. The number of payroll jobs in metro Columbus was 119,300, a loss of 1,300 or 1.1 percent from July of 2008.

Statewide, the number of payroll jobs in July decreased 199,400, or 4.9 percent, from July of 2008. The over-the-year losses came in manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, professional and business services, including temporary employment agencies, and construction. Healthcare, private educational services, and local and state governmental education showed a combined increase of 19,600 jobs.

Meanwhile, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in June. Last month, 493,748 unemployed Georgians were looking for work, an increase of 63.6 percent from July of 2008.

For more information check out the Georgia Department of Labor' website: ww.dol.state.ga.us.

Source: Georgia Department of Labor

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