Unemployment  throughout state

The number of payroll jobs in Georgia decreased 209,500 in June, or 5.1 percent, from June of 2008, the state Department of Labor said today.

The state’s metro areas all saw job losses since this time last year. Dalton had the highest rate of job losses, at 8.7 percent. Rome lost 1,700 jobs, down 4.1 percent from 41,600 in June 2008.

However, Rome gained about 300 jobs between May 2009 and June 2009, the DOL said.

The unemployment rate for the Coosa Valley Region rose from around seven percent in May 2008 to 10.6 percent in May 2009. June numbers are currently only available for metro areas. A DOL rep-resentative said more recent numbers non-metro areas like Calhoun will be available next week.

Gordon County’s unemployment insurance initial claims for June rose from 1,089 from 1,010 in May and 575 in June 2008, according to the DOL Web site.

Georgia’s unemployment rate jumped to 10.1 percent in June, the highest rate ever recorded in the state. The jobless rate was up five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in May.

“Georgia is in the midst of a deepening economic crisis,” said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond.

Last month, 483,394 unemployed Georgians were looking for work, an increase of 65 percent from June 2008. Of those, 33 percent are receiving state unemployment insurance benefits.

The June jobless rate was up 4.0 percentage points from 6.1 percent at this same time last year. Georgia’s unemployment rate remained above the national rate of 9.5 percent for the 20th consecu-tive month.

The over-the-year job losses came in professional and business services, including temporary employment agencies, manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, and in the construc-tion industry.

Health care and educational services showed a combined increase of 12,000 jobs.