The unemployment rate in Athens dropped in July. The 5.1 percent figure was one-tenth a percentage point lower than in June. The Georgia Department of Labor released the results today. Commissioner Mark Butler says the over-the-year numbers were up for Athens.
"When we take a look at the over-the-year job growth in Athens, the area is showing very strong job growth with almost a three percent increase over the last 12 months,” according to Butler. “Which means, in raw numbers, about 2600 more jobs today than we had this same time last year.”