ATLANTA — Metro Hinesville’s unemployment rate decreased to 10 percent in July, down 0.3 percent from June, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday.
The rate declined because the number of unemployed residents declined by 75 to 3,327. There were 29,813 employed residents.
There were 19,500 jobs in July in metro Hinesville, down by 100 from June. Most of the job loss came in local government. The rate was 9.9 percent in July a year ago. The area has gained 200 jobs since the 19,300 jobs in July 2012. The annual gains came mostly in the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, was 33,140 in July, down 18 from June. It was down by 203 from 33,343 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.