Gwinnett sees slight July increase in laid-off workers

ATLANTA - Gwinnett saw only a slight increase in the number of laid-off workers filing for unemployment insurance benefits in July despite a much larger increase statewide, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday.

Gwinnett had 149 more first-time claims filed in July than in June, an 8.2 percent increase.

Georgia, however, saw a 34.2 percent increase in unemployment claims from June to July.

The Georgia Department of Labor said in a release the statewide increase in claims was primarily due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing industries. The number of claims in the state this year compared to July 2006 is up just 2.2 percent.

Gwinnett was able to avoid such a drastic increase because of a less substantial manufacturing sector. The county had 8.2 percent of its employees in manufacturing jobs in the third quarter of 2005, whereas 11.4 percent of employees across the state worked in manufacturing, according to a recent economic and demographic profile commissioned by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.