Metro At­lanta un­em­ploy­ment up from May

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Metro At­lanta’s un­em­ploy­ment rate was 8.9 per­cent in June, up seven-tenths of a per­cent­age point from May’s 8.2 per­cent, the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of La­bor said. The rate was 9.3 per­cent in June a year ago.

The DOL at­trib­uted the in­crease to the large num­bers of ed­u­ca­tion work­ers who are un- em­ployed dur­ing the sum­mer months, and the fact that new grad­u­ates are con­sid­ered un­em­ployed un­til they find a job.

Al­though the job­less rate in­creased, the num­ber of jobs in metro At­lanta grew for the fifth con­sec­u­tive month, up by 4,300 from 2,408,500 in May to 2,412,800.

The pri­vate sec­tor ac­tu­ally added 7,800 jobs, but that gain was par­tially off­set by a loss of 3,500 govern­ment jobs. Most job gains were in pro­fes­sional and busi­ness ser­vices, 4,400; fol­lowed by leisure and hos­pi­tal­ity, 2,600; fi­nan­cial ser­vices, 2,200; in­for­ma­tion ser­vices, 1,000; man­u­fac­tur­ing, 600; and con­struc­tion.

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