Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA — The metro Atlanta unemployment rate has risen again this summer, but it is below last June’s rate.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday a rate of 8.9 percent in June, which is up seven-tenths from May’s 8.2 percent rate. In June 2012, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.
Gwinnett’s rate was among the lowest in the area, at 7.9 percent.
Officials attributed the increase in the regional rate to two seasonal factors, including a large number of education workers unemployed during the summer and new graduates entering the work force.
The good news, a press release said, is that the number of jobs in metro Atlanta grew for the fifth consecutive month, with a net 4,300 jobs added. The release said the private sector actually added 7,800 jobs, but the government sector lost 3,500 jobs.
Since June of 2012, the region has added 56,300 jobs, with the largest increase in the professional and business services area.
Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June came in at 8.6 percent, an increase from May’s 8.3 percent.
Metro Athens had the lowest rate at 7.2 perent, while the Heart of Georgia-Atlamaha region came in with the highest rate of 12.9 percent.