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June 21--  Georgia's unemployment rate remains above the national average and in our area the rate is higher than the state's and rising.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area rose to 10.8 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.7 percent in April. The rate was 12 percent in May 2011.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.9 percent from April to May. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in May a year ago. The number of jobs grew to 3,944,900 in May, up by 16,400 from April and by 34,000 from May a year ago.

Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us