Georgia's unemployment rate rises to 7.8 percent

The rise is because of seasonal layoffs

By Monica Whitsel - Associate producer , Associated Press
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ATLANTA, Ga. - The state of Georgia saw a rise in unemployment for the month of July. 

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the rate rose to 7.8 percent.  This is up .4 percent from where it was in June at 7.4 percent. 

According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, temporary, seasonal layoffs are the reason the state's jobless rate rose.  The layoffs were made in local government and manufacturing. 

It was a good month for private employers.  Butler says they created 8,200 jobs.  As for the state's employment as a whole, Butler believes the state is showing positive signs for keeping the unemployment rate low. 

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