Georgia unemployment rises to 10.1 percent in July

photo John Gooch files for unemployment at the Georgia Department of Labor office in Dalton, Ga.

Unemployment in Georgia rose again to double-digit levels last month as the Peach State shed 30,200 jobs in July due to cuts in government, education and construction jobs.

The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that 10.1 percent of the state's workforce was out of a job in July, up two-tenths of a percent from the previous month and the highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Georgia since February.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said about 80 percent of the job losses were in state and local education. Such jobs usually shrink when school is out in the summer, but the cuts were bigger this year due to reductions in state and local budgets.

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