The county’s rate decreased from 9.2 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July, according to a monthly report on the labor force in metro Atlanta and the state’s 159 counties. The July 2012 county rate was 9.9 percent.
Douglas’ July rate matched the statewide jobless rate, but surpassed the metro Atlanta rate of 8.6 percent.
The number of employed Douglas County residents increased by 398 — from 62,997 in June to 63,395 in July, Smith said. Unemployed residents decreased by 266, from 6,382 in June to 6,116 in July, he said.
A report on some Georgia cities stated Douglasville’s jobless rate dropped from 10.2 percent in June to 9.7 percent in July.
However, Douglas County also saw initial claims for jobless benefits increase from 503 filings in June to 611 filings in July – an increase of 108 claims, Smith said.
“Initial claims were down in industries including educational services and retail trade while administrative and support services, real estate and leasing, and health care and social assistance saw the number of initial claims increase over the month,” he said.
Neighboring counties’ July rates ranged from Cobb at 7.7 percent, to Carroll at 12.5 percent.
The unemployment rate in the 28-county metro Atlanta region, which includes Douglas County, decreased to 8.6 percent in July, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in June, the labor department stated in a press release.
The rate was 9.3 percent in July 2012. Unemployment dropped as 15,945 more people became employed in metro Atlanta in July than in June, pushing the number to more than 2.5 million.