The unemployment rates in Macon and Warner Robins rose in May mainly because of an increase in layoffs and a seasonal increase in job seekers as new graduates looked for work.
The unemployment rate in Macon was 9 percent in May, up from 8.1 percent in April, according to a Georgia Department of Labor news release. The rate was 9.4 percent in May last year.
The number of layoffs, represented by new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, rose in May to 1,404 -- or 34 percent -- from 1,048 in April, the release stated. Also, the number of initial claims was up by 49 for the year, or 3.6 percent, from May 2012.
The number of people entering the labor force, those employed and actively seeking employment, rose by 1,158 to 114,209 in May from 113,051 in April.
The unemployment rates in Warner Robins increased to 7.5 percent in May, up from 6.7 percent in April, the release stated.
The rate also was 7.5 percent in May 2012.
The number of layoffs rose in May to 497 -- or 7.6 percent -- from 462 in April. The number of initial claims was up over the year by six, or 1.2 percent, from 491 in May 2012.
The number of people entering the labor force rose by 335 to 71,201 in May from 70,866 in April.
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.