ATLANTA — Metro Hinesville’s unemployment rate for August was 9.1 percent, down 0.1 percent from 9.2 percent in July, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday.
The rate dropped primarily because the number of jobs increased by 500 and the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, which is a measure of new layoffs, decreased by 11 percent.
There were 20,100 jobs in Hinesville in August, up by 2.6 percent from July. The gains came mostly in local government and the service-related industries.
And, there was an over-the-year gain of 400 jobs, or 2.0 percent, from August 2013. The job gains came mostly in the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction. The rate in August 2013 was 9.0 percent.
Also, there were 154 new unemployment-insurance claims filed in August, a decrease of 19 from 173 in July. Most of the decrease in claims came in retail trade, manufacturing and construction. Over the year, the number of claims decreased 24.1 percent from the 203 filed in August 2013.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up from a revised 7.7 percent in July. It was 8.2 percent in August 2013.
Metro Athens had the lowest area-jobless rate at 6.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 10.7 percent.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov.