Special to the Enterprise
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Brunswick’s unemployment rate increased to 10.3 percent in June, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from 9.6 percent in May. The rate was 10.2 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.
While the jobless rate increased, the number of jobs in metro Brunswick decreased by 200, or five-tenths of a percentage point, from 40,900 in May to 40,700 in June. Most of the job loss came in local government.
Also, over the year, the number of jobs decreased by 400, or 1.0 percent, from 41,100 in June 2012. Most of the job losses came with the federal government and in retail trade.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined to 50,794 in June, down by 127 from 50,921 in May. It was down by 1,011 from 51,805 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