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Metro Atlanta's jobless rate rises

ATLANTA (AP) -- State labor officials say the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 8.6 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in April.

The rate was 9.5 percent in May 2011.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures early Thursday morning.

They say the rate increased because the labor force grew by 16,578 job seekers, and while most found jobs within the month, 6,008 did not.

Also, they say there were 269 new layoffs in professional and technical services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

The metro Atlanta jobless numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

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teelee 1 year, 10 months ago

This can't be true! King Obama said we are recovering and that the private sector was doing fine!

I said things are fine, so who you going to believe me or your neighbor that is getting evicted?

I said things are fine, so who you going to believe me or your neighbor that is getting evicted? by teelee

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Sandykin 1 year, 9 months ago

Actually, that probably is an encouraging sign of recovery. Folks that lost hope of finding a job and had given up the search, are returning to the hunt. As more and more discouraged job seekers return, we'll see just how bad the unemployment situation truly was.

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