Labor officials say seasonal factors are the main reason the unemployment rates in Macon and Warner Robins increased in June.
The unemployment rate for metro Macon was 9.8 percent in June, up from 9 percent in May, according to a release from the Georgia Department of Labor.
The rate was 10 percent in June last year.
While the rate increased, the number of jobs in Macon was unchanged at 99,200 in June, the release stated.
However, during the year, the number of jobs increased by 1,100 from 98,100 in June 2012. All the job gains were in the private sector.
The unemployment rate in metro Warner Robins was 8.3 percent in June, up from 7.5 percent in May, the release stated. The rate was 8.1 percent in June 2012.
The number of jobs in metro Warner Robins grew by 200, from 59,300 in May to 59,500 in June. Most of the job growth came in local and federal government.
The rates in both metro areas 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, based on a variety of surveys and reports, according to the Department of Labor.