May unemployment rates up in Macon, Warner Robins

lmorris@macon.comJune 26, 2014 

The unemployment rate rose from April to May in the Macon and Warner Robins metropolitan areas.

The rate was 7.9 percent Macon for May, up from 7 percent in April, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday.

The rate was 8.7 percent in May 2013.

The number of jobs increased by 100 to 99,100 in May. Most of the job increases came in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.

The metro Warner Robins’ unemployment rate increased to 7 percent in May, up from 6.1 percent in April, according to the release. The rate was 7.1 percent in May a year ago.

The number of jobs increased by 100 to 58,700 in May. Most of the job increases came in the service-related industries.

The unemployment rate increase in both metro areas was seasonal, as new graduates entered the labor force looking for full-time work, while other students searched for part-time summer jobs.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.8 percent.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 7.2 percent, up from 6.9 percent in April. The rate was 8.4 percent in May 2013.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.employgeorgia.com.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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