Metro Atlanta unemployment up from May
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.