Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Southern Georgia region’s unemployment rate dropped again in July.

At the same time, the 17-county area saw its labor force shrink and the number of employed grow. All major indicators remain positive for the year.

“Georgia continues to be in a period of sustained growth,” Butler said. “There are no indicators in July that Georgia is going to slow down anytime soon. These seasonal dips are normal for this time of year and are temporary in nature.”

The July unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, down by .2 percent from June. That was tied for seventh among 12 regional commissions. It was 5.3 percent one year ago.

The labor force dropped by 199 in July to reach 182,360 total members. The number has climbed by more than 3,600 over the past 12 months, or about 300 a month.

The Southern Georgia region added 191 employed residents in July, pushing its total to  174,557. That number has grown by more than 5,300 over the past year, or about 440 a month.

Initial claims for unemployment grew by about 60 percent for the month. They  are down by about 5 percent when compared to last July.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.comshowed 817 active job postings in the Southern Georgia region for July.

The Southern Georgia Regional Commission includes Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Pierce, Tift, Turner, and Ware counties.

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