Coweta’s unemployment at 8.4 percent
Coweta County’s unemployment rate was 8.4 percent for July, according to figures announced by the Georgia Department of Labor Thursday.
The unemployment rate in the Three Rivers planning region that includes Coweta increased to 11.1 percent in July, up 1.1 percent from 10 percent in June. The rate was 10.3 percent in July a year ago.
July jobless rates for counties in the Three Rivers region were: Coweta, 8.4 percent; Carroll, 12.5; Heard, 12.4; Troup, 10.8; Meriwether, 15.2; Spalding, 12.7; Pike, 10.3; Upson, 11.7; Lamar, 13.2; Butts, 11.8.
The rate rose because there was an increase in new layoffs, said state labor officials.
The number of layoffs, represented by new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, increased by 2,935, or 118 percent, to 5,422 from 2,487 in June.
Most of the increase came in manufacturing, administrative and support services and construction. There were 3,862 claims filed in July 2012.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 4,587 to 240,971 in July, up from 236,384 in June. It was up by 7,034 from 233,937 in July 2012.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.9 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at 12.3 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in June.
The rate was 9.1 percent in July a year ago.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.