According to the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor, there were 3,940 people unemployed in Spalding County for the month of July. This is based on a labor force of 28,344 with 24,404 employed.
Both the rate at 13.9 percent and the number of unemployed at 3,940 have increased from the previous month and from the previous year. In June there were 3,728 unemployed or 13.3 percent, and in July 2010, there were 3,389 unemployed or 12.3 percent.
For the month of July, the statewide and Atanta Metro Service Area unemployment rates are 10.4 percent, the same as it was in July 2010, but down from 10.5 in June of this year. All numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
Spalding County is part of the 28-county Atlanta Metro Service Area and is part of the 10-county Three Rivers Regional Commission. The July unemployment rate for Three Rivers is 11.8 percent, which is up from 11.6 percent in June and from 11.1 in July 2010. The regional rate is the second highest of the 12 regions in the state, but is 1 percent lower than the highest rate of 12.8 in the Heart of Georgia Altamaha region.
The lowest unemployment in the state is in the Georgia Mountains region at 9.1 percent. The lowest rate by metro service area is 7.9 percent in Athens-Clarke County MSA.
In the Three Rivers region, only Meriwether County, at 15.4 percent, had a higher unemployment rate for July than Spaldings’s 13.9 percent. The rates for the rest of the regional counties are Coweta, 10.1 percent; Pike, 10.4 percent; Troup and Carroll, 11.7 percent; Butts, 12.2 percent; Heard, 12.8 percent; Lamar, 12.9 percent; and Upson, 13.3 percent.