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Georgia’s unemployment rate up slightly in June

Job losses in public and private education services are primarily responsible for an uptick in the state unemployment rate according to officials from the Georgia Department of Labor.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May. New claims for unemployment insurance rose to 37,917, a 14.2 percent increase over the previous month.

“Although the rate increased, it’s because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler in a released statement.

Another contributing factor, Butler explained, was the growth in the labor force which increased for the sixth month in a row, rising from 4,780,418 in May to 4,782,425 in June.

“But, the really good news is that Georgia employers have created 81,100 jobs since last June, which is the largest June-to-June job growth since 2006,” he added.

In total, there were 4,108,100 jobs in Georgia last month, up from 4,027,000 in June of 2013. The majority of jobs were added in professional and business services; trade, transportation and warehousing; and leisure and hospitality.

Despite the year-over-year gain, the number of jobs in June was down by 18,000 from 4,126,100 in May. Over the past three years, the state has averaged a loss of 18,000 seasonal jobs from May to June.