Jun. 28, 2013 – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains region increased to 7.3 percent in May.
That is up four-tenths of a percentage point, but down significantly when compared to last year.
The rate increased primarily because of the seasonal influx of jobseekers into the labor force as new graduates began looking for work.
In Metro Gainesville specifically, the rate rose to 6.9 percent in May, that is only one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month and still better than last year.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.2 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.5 percent.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us
Copyright Glory 1330 2013