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Unemployment ticks up in Athens

Unemployment in Athens ticked up slightly last month to 2.9 percent. That’s up three-tenths of a point from July, but still half a point lower than it was a year ago.

However, the county also added jobs, ending August with 102,900 jobs, a record high. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the county added 1,400 jobs between July and August.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.