Posted: Thursday, July 24th 2014 at 5:28am
NE Ga.'s unemployment rate rises to 7% in June, metro Gainesville rate also up
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler (left) was in Gainesville earlier this year to visit with business leaders in the community. He is pictured with Al Gainey of Spherion staffing.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday morning that the unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia region increased to 7.0 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.5 percent in May. The rate was 8.1 percent in June a year ago.
The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing.
Also, there were 1,726 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in June, an increase of 302, or 21.2 percent, from 1,424 in May. There were 1,793 claims filed in June 2013.
The labor force decreased by 393 to 294,737 from 295,130 in May.
Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate increased to 6.5 percent in June, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 6.1 percent in May. The rate was 7.2 percent in June a year ago.
The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and an increase in the labor force as graduates and students entered the job market.
There were 79,000 jobs in Gainesville in June, down by 400, or 0.5 percent, from 79,400 in May. Most of the loss came in state education and wholesale trade, transportation, and warehousing.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.3 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May. The rate was 8.4 percent in May a year ago.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov
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