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The Georgia Department of Labor announced last week that the unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia region increased to 10.5 percent in June, up nine-tenths of a percentage point, from 9.6 percent in May. The rate was 10.6 percent in June a year ago.
The rate increased primarily because of two seasonal factors: large numbers of education workers are unemployed during the summer and new graduates are considered unemployed until they find a job.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined to 175,633 in June, down by 1,412 from 177,045 in May. It was down by 2,887 from 178,520 in June 2012.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.2 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 12.9 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 8.6 percent, up from 8.3 percent in May. The rate was 9.1 percent in June a year ago.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us