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Metro Columbus’ jobless rate declines to 9.6% in July

From the Georgia Department of Labor

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Columbus decreased to 9.6% in July, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 10.1% in June.

The preliminary June rate was 10.2 percent, but was revised down one-tenth of a percentage point. The jobless rate in metro Columbus in July a year ago was 9.5%. 

The rate declined because there were fewer layoffs in accommodation and food services, transportation and warehousing, and educational services.

The lowest area rates, at 7.9%, were recorded in Athens and Warner Robins, while the highest, at 12.8%, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area near Dublin. 

Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.1% in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.9% in June. The state's jobless rate was also 10.1% in July a year ago.

The July increase, as in June, was due primarily to the traditional seasonal layoffs, with about 80% of them in state and local education.

July marked the 48th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1%, down from 9.2% in June.

Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

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