Coweta unemployment at 7.2 percent

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Coweta’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent for June, up from 7.0 in May, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor Thursday.

Unemployment in the Three Rivers region increased to 8.5 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 8.0 percent in May. The rate was 9.7 percent in June a year ago.

Unemployment percentage rates for other counties in the Three Rivers Region for June were: Carroll, 8.6; Heard, 9.1; Troup, 8.6; Meriwether, 11.1; Spalding, 9.3; Pike, 7.9; Upson, 9.6; Lamar, 9.9; Butts, 9.4.

The labor department listed Coweta’s labor force in June at 64,292 with 59,658 employed and 4,634 unemployed.

Coweta County’s unemployment rate of 7.0 in May was up from 6.2 percent recorded for April 2014. The labor department listed Coweta’s labor force in May at 64,372 with 59,835 employed and 4,537 unemployed.

The Three Rivers Planning Commission regional unemployment rate rose to 8.0 percent in May, up six-tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in April. The rate was 8.9 percent in May a year ago.

Unemployment percentage rates for other counties in the Three Rivers Region for May were: Carroll, 8.3; Heard, 8.1; Troup, 8.0; Meriwether, 10.7; Spalding, 8.7; Pike, 6.6; Upson, 9.4; Lamar, 9.0; Butts, 8.1.

The June unemployment rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. Also, the labor force grew by 808, up to 232,522 from 231,714 in May.

Also, there were 3,078 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in June, an increase of 1,376, or 80.8 percent, from 1,702 in May. There were 2,487 claims filed in June 2013.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.3 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May. The rate was 8.4 percent in May a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov .



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