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The preliminary unemployment rate in Whitfield County in June was 12 percent, up from a revised 11.5 percent in May, according to numbers released by the state Department of Labor.

The rate was 12.2 percent in June of last year.

For Murray County, the June unemployment rate was 11.6 percent, compared to a revised 11.4 percent in May and 12.9 percent in June 2009.

The unemployment rate in June was 12.6 percent in Gordon County, 10.6 percent in Floyd County and 7.9 percent in Catoosa County.

For the Northwest Georgia area (15 counties, including Whitfield and Murray), the DOL reported the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate was 10.6 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from May but down from 11.2 percent in June 2009. The number of unemployed workers in the area increased to 42,449, up 816.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10 percent in June, down one-tenth of a percentage point from May. The DOL said this is the 33rd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, now 9.5 percent.

The number of payroll jobs in the state decreased from 3,838,400 in May to 3,829,000 in June. The number of jobs also remains less than in June 2009, when there were 3,878,600 payroll jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Georgia lost more jobs from June 2009 to June 2010 than any other state but California.

“This latest federal report further emphasizes the severity of the crisis facing Georgia’s economy, as our job market shows signs of renewed deterioration,” said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond in a press release. “A sharp increase in the number of discouraged workers, rising long-term unemployment, increased new layoffs and anemic job growth suggests that the fledgling economic recovery may be losing steam.”

Statewide, 64,794 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in June, an increase of 6,875, or 11.9 percent, from 57,919 in May. But the DOL said there was a decline of 23,962 initial claims, or 27 percent, from 88,756 filed in June 2009. Most of the first-time claims were in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing and construction, and administrative and support services.

Georgia labor market data are available at  


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