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Georgia's unemployment rate heads upward

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State labor officials say metro Dalton's unemployment rate increased to 12.3% in July, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from 11.6% in June. The rate was 11.9% in July a year ago.

State-wide, Georgia's unemployment rate rose to 8.8% for July, up from 8.5% in June. The rate was 9.1% in July a year ago.

For Dalton officials say the unemployment rate rose because of an increase in new layoffs, growth in the labor force and a decrease in the number of jobs.

The increase state-wide is attributed to additional layoffs, and some non-contract school employees who remained unemployed during the summer break.

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.

Nationwide, the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week but held close to a six-year low and gave a positive signal for hiring during the month.

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