Unemployment rates in Macon and Warner Robins rose in June from last month, but the rates are lower than the same period last year.
The unemployment rate in metro Macon was 8.2 percent in June, up from 7.9 percent in May, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate was 9.4 percent in June a year ago.
There were 98,900 jobs in Macon in June, down from 99,100 in May. Most of the job loss came in educational and health services, and local education.
However, there was a year-over-year gain of 500 jobs, or 0.5 percent, from 98,400 in June 2013.
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Metro Warner Robins’ unemployment rate increased to 7.3 percent in June, up from 7 percent in May, the release stated. The rate was 8 percent in June 2013.
There were 58,400 jobs in Warner Robins in June, down from 58,700 in May.
Rates in both metro areas increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and an increase in the labor force as graduates and students entered the job market, the release stated.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.3 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May. The rate was 8.4 percent in May a year ago.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.