Metro Valdosta’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 8.4 Percent in July

| August 21, 2014

Unemployment-GraphicVALDOSTA, GA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Valdosta’s unemployment rate for July was 8.4 percent, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in June. The rate in July of last year was 8.3 percent.

The July rate increase is primarily due to seasonal factors, such as temporary layoffs in educational services. However, most of the laid-off workers have returned to their jobs.

There were 53,400 jobs in Valdosta in July, down by 100, or 0.2 percent, from June. The losses came mostly in local government.

And, there was an over-the-year loss of 100 jobs, or 0.2 percent, from July 2013. Most of the loss was in federal and local government.

Also, there were 405 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in July, an increase of 72, or 21.6 percent, from 333 in June. Most of the increase was in retail trade, administrative and support services, and health care and social assistance. There were 555 claims filed in July 2013, down 27 percent.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

Source: Georgia Department of Labor

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  1. Papi says:

    The fact is there are no jobs in Valdosta-Lowndes, all you have to do is buy a Sunday newspaper and look at the classified ads (2) columns of menial jobs posted.

    My question is, what do the leprechauns have to say about that?