July unemployment rises to 9.3 percent in Georgia

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

Seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and schools cut Georgia's employment by 17,900 jobs last month, boosting July's unemployment rate in the Peach State by three tenths of a percent to 9.3 percent -- the highest rate since December.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate has risen for the past two months, but Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state is seeing some more recent positive trends.

"One of the main reasons for the increase in the unemployment rate (in July) was a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing," Butler said. "But many of those people have already gone back to work."

Butler