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Area unemployment up in July
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Unemployment in the Hinesville area rose to 8.5 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percent from June, the Georgia Department of Labor estimates.
GDOL reported the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rates in metropolitan areas across the state on Thursday.
Hinesville’s 8.5 percent rate is still better than the state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate of 10.3 percent, which rose two-tenths of a percentage point from in June. Last month, 493,748 unemployed Georgians were looking for work, an increase of 63.6 percent from July 2008.
In Hinesville, the number of unemployed workers increased in July to 2,705, up 725 from July 2008. The number of payroll jobs in metro Hinesville was 18,800, a loss of 500 or 2.6 percent from July 2008.
In the Coastal Georgia region, the July rate was estimated at 9.8 percent, up one percent from June. The number of unemployed workers in the region increased in July to 31,389, up 12,140 from July 2008.
Savannah’s number of jobs was 154,100, a loss of 4,200 or 2.7 percent from July 2008. The rate in the Hostess City was 10 percent, up 1.4 percent from June.
Statewide, the number of payroll jobs in July decreased 199,400, or 4.9 percent, from July 2008.
The GDOL reported the over-the-year losses came in manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, professional and business services, including temporary employment agencies and construction. Health care, private educational services, and local and state governmental education showed a combined increase of 19,600 jobs.
The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

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