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Unemployment hits record high

With to the addition of another 181 people to the job market, Lamar County’s unemployment rate jumped to a record-breaking 16.4% in July, up .9% from a revised June count of 15.5%. Joblessness was 8.4% in July 2008. Lamar’s work force numbered 8,333 people in July with 6,969 working ‘“ an increase of 80 jobs ‘“and 1,364 looking for work. In June, the numbers were 8,152 total people, 6,889 working and 1,263 seeking jobs. In the former McIntosh Trail region, Spalding County had the highest unemployment at 17.5%, followed by Lamar. Upson County was third at 15%, Butts County was at 14.1% and Pike was at 13.8%. Unemployment in the five other counties that help make up the new Three Rivers Region were Coweta County at 10.7%, Carroll County, 11.4%; Heard County, 12.6%; Troup County, 14.4%; and Meriwether County, 14.7%.

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