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Jobs see upturn in July
Unemployment in the three-county Brunswick metro area declined by several tenths of a percentage point from June to July.

The unemployment rate dropped to 10 percent in July from 10.3 percent in June.

Of the three counties in the metro area, Glynn County had the lowest rate at 9.8 percent, followed by McIntosh County at 10.4 percent and Brantley County at 10.7 percent. The latest figure represents an even larger decline compared to what unemployment was one year ago, when it hovered around 10.6 percent in July.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor, there were 40,800 jobs in July in the three-county area. That reflected an increase of 300 jobs from June to July.

Most of the job gains came in service-related industries, including trade and transportation. The area has gained 200 jobs since July 2012. The annual gains came mostly in trade and transportation and local government, the labor department said.

The actual labor force - the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work - rose by 574, to 51,158, in July, up from 50,584 in June. It was down by 798 from 51,956 in July 2012, according to the labor department.

The state unemployment rate is 8.8 percent.

Camden County, which is not in the metro area of Brunswick, reported a lower rate than Glynn County, at 9.4 percent in July.

Unemployment is a smaller issue in other coastal counties, including Chatham (Savannah), where it was 8.9 percent in July. Effingham County, just north of Chatham, had the lowest rate, at 7.6 percent.

In Liberty County, home of Fort Stewart Army base, unemployment was 10.6 percent.

Unemployment in other coastal counties was 8.0 percent in Bryan and 8.1 percent in Long.

Metro Athens had the lowest jobless rate, at 6.9 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region, a rural area of 17 counties west of Brunswick, had the highest, at 12.3 percent.

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