The jobless rate in Georgia has jumped 3 tenths of a percentage point to 9.3 percent from June to July, says the Georgia Department of Labor.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a press release that the culprit for the spike was a large number of temporary manufacturing sector layoffs, but many of those workers have returned to work already.
First time claims for unemployment insurance jumped by over 15 percent from June, but are still 8.2 percent below the number of claims from this time last year.
In Cobb County, there was a 4.5 percent increase in first-time unemployment claims. There were 2,515 first time claims in July, up from 2,406 in June. This number is still below the 2,816 first time claims in July, 2011. Additionally, countywide first time claims have dropped 10.7