Georgia’s unemployment rate climbed from 7.4 percent in June to 7.8 percent in July, the state labor department reported Thursday.
That compares to a rate of 8.3 percent a year ago.
“The July rate increase is primarily due to temporary seasonal layoffs in local government and manufacturing,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “Most of those individuals have already gone back to work.”
The best news, Butler said, was the 8,200 jobs generated by employers in July, which bolstered the overall trend throughout the last year. In July, the state had 83,300 more jobs available than the same month of 2013.
That year-over-year growth came in several sectors, the department said, but particularly in professional/business services, leisure and hospitality, and trade, transportation and warehousing. Manufacturing, education/health services and construction also saw good growth statewide, it said.
From June to July, however, Georgia had 12,800 fewer jobs. Most of those were in local government educational services. Year over year, there are 3,800 fewer government positions.
Meanwhile, metro area data released Thursday showed Columbus gaining 800 jobs from July of last year, giving it a total of 121,400. The only metro areas that did not see job increases over the past year were Albany, Valdosta, Warner Robins and Brunswick. Atlanta added 63,900 jobs.
Columbus also saw fewer first-time jobless claims in July than it did in the same month a year ago. There were 1,032 local residents filing claims for benefits last month, 255 fewer than in July 2013. Every metro area in the state experienced declines in that category.
Georgia as a whole had nearly 11,500 fewer claims than a year ago.
Here are the July job totals for the state’s metro areas:
Atlanta — 2,461,200
Augusta — 221,000
Savannah — 163,100
Columbus — 121,400
Macon — 98,700
Athens — 88,800
Gainesville — 78,500
Dalton — 63,800
Albany — 60,700
Warner Robins — 58,100
Valdosta — 53,400
Brunwick — 40,700
Rome — 39,200
Hinesville — 19,500