Unemployment up in Macon, Warner Robins areas

Unemployment rose in both the Macon and Warner Robins metro areas in May, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday.

Metro Macon’s jobless rate jumped to 9.4 percent, up from 9.1 percent in April. The Warner Robins rate was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent.

Macon’s labor force grew by 1,018 job seekers in May, with 396 of them unable to find work. There also were 92 new layoffs, the Labor Department said. Unemployment in the metro Macon area was 9.8 percent in May 2011.

In Warner Robins, 286 people began seeking work, with 190 of them not finding a job. The area’s jobless rate was 8.0 percent last May.

Metro Athens had the state’s lowest jobless rate at 6.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.4 percent. The Athens area has had the lowest rate each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest rate in Georgia for the past 10 months.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.9 percent from April to May. It was 9.8 percent in May 2011.