Mark Butler, State Labor Commissioner, has reported that the number of jobs in Georgia significantly increased over-the-month for July. Statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor also revealed over-the-month increases in labor force and employment, as well as both over-the-month and over-the-year dips in unemployment claims.

The state unemployment rate was unchanged from June to July at 7.6 percent. The rate was 3.4 percent in July 2019.

The number of jobs in Georgia rose by 43,800 over the month to reach a total of 4,415,200. They were down over the year by 190,100.

Unemployment claims declined by 117,770, or 19 percent over the month to total 490,081. Claims rose by 462,238, or 1,660 percent, over the year.

Butler said in a GDOL media release, “While we are still focused on helping Georgians who are unemployed due to the pandemic, at the same time we’ve started to pivot to help Georgia’s businesses fill the tens of thousands of jobs as we continue to reopen and put Georgians back to work.”

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