The Columbus metropolitan area unemployment took a dip in July, slipping to 9.5 percent from a revised 9.7 percent in June, the Georgia Department of Labor reported today.
A year ago, the local jobless rate was 9.8 percent.
The state agency also said the number of unemployed workers in the metro area declined by 390 to 12,077.
Honing in on specific counties, Muscogee’s jobless rate in July is 9.5 percent, with Harris coming in at 7.4 percent and Chattahoochee at 16.1 percent.
Across the Chattahoochee River in Alabama, Russell County’s rate is 10 percent, while Lee County posted a rate of 7.9 percent rate and Barbour County 11.6 percent. Alabama’s statewide rate is 9.7 percent.
Georgia, meanwhile, experienced a dip from 10 percent in June to 9.9 percent in July. The labor department said a “shrinking” work force — combined with “discouraged” unemployed workers giving up on finding a new job — contributed to the slight decline.
Although there was a drop in laid-off workers filing for unemployment benefits for the first time in Columbus last month, statewide there was an increase. Most of the claims came in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, administrative and support services, and construction, the department said.
Here are the rates of other surrounding Georgia counties in July:
• Troup, 11.8 percent
• Meriwether, 12.2 percent
• Talbot, 9.1 percent
• Marion, 9.3 percent
• Taylor, 12.9 percent
• Schley, 14.6 percent
• Sumter, 13 percent
• Stewart, 10.6 percent
• Webster, 9.6 percent
Here are the rates of other surrounding Alabama counties in July:
• Chambers, 14 percent
• Tallapoosa, 12.3 percent
• Macon, 11.7 percent
• Bullock, 14.2 percent