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Unemployment rates rose as number of unemployed increased and labor force grew

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The unemployment rates in the metropolitan areas of Macon and Warner Robins inched upward slightly in June from May.

Macon’s unemployment rate in June was 5.5 percent, up from 5.2 percent in May, according to a release from the Georgia Department of Labor. In June 2016, the rate was 5.9 percent.

The number of unemployed increased by 361 to 5,771. There were 391 fewer unemployed than in June 2016.

From May to June, the labor force, which consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed and actively looking for jobs, increased by 332 to 105,204. Compared to June a year ago, the labor force had a net increase of 1,361.

There were 29 fewer metro Macon residents employed in June than in May, lowering the total number to 99,433. However, there was an increase of 1,752 in the number of employed residents from 97,681 in June 2016.

The number of initial claims increased by 42 to 593. Over the year, claims were down by 51 from 644 in June 2016.

The number of jobs in metro Macon increased by 100 to 103,400. Over the year, a total of 1,000 jobs were added, a 1 percent growth rate, up from 102,400 in June 2016.

Warner Robins unemployed up by 250 in June

Metro Warner Robins’ unemployment rate in June was 5.2 percent, up from 4.9 percent in May, the release said. In June 2016, the rate was 5.7 percent.

The number of unemployed increased by 250 to 4,389. There were 317 fewer unemployed than in June 2016.

From May to June, the labor force increased by 253 to 84,827. Compared to June a year ago, the labor force had a net increase of 1,671.

There were three more metro Warner Robins residents employed in June than in May, pushing the total number to 80,438. The increase in the number of employed residents in June grew by 1,988 from June 2016.

The number of jobs increased by 200 to 74,400. Over the year, a total of 1,500 jobs were added, a 2.1 percent growth rate, up from 72,900 in June 2016.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, decreased by 27 to 328. The decrease came in professional, technical and information services. Over the year, claims were down by 48 from 376 in June 2016.

Job seekers and employers can use the Labor Department’s online job listing service www.employgeorgia.com to search for jobs or recruit new employees. In June, 1,339 new job openings in Macon and 744 posting in Warner Robins were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 71,261 new job openings were posted.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz

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