July 25-- The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region increased to 12.9 percent in June, up 1.4 percent from 11.5 percent in May. The rate was 12 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.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose to 126,094 in June, up by 561 from 125,533 in May. It was down by 643 from 126,737 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.