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Unemployment rates in Macon, Warner Robins rise slightly in June

Unemployment rates in Macon and Warner Robins rose slightly in June.

The unemployment rate for metro Macon was 6.9 percent, up from 6.7 percent in May, according to a release from the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate in June 2014 was 8.3 percent.

The rate rose because the number of unemployed people increased by 257.

The number of jobs in Macon increased by 200 in June to 102,200. Most of the job gains came in private, service-related industries.

Also, there was an over-the-year gain of 900 jobs from June 2014.

Metro Warner Robins’ unemployment rate for June was 6.7 percent, up from 6.5 percent in May. The rate in June 2014 was 7.9 percent.

The rate rose because the number of unemployed people increased by 206.

The number of jobs in Warner Robins was unchanged at 69,700 from May. And, over the year, jobs decreased by 1,000 from June 2014.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 204 to 420 in June.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.3 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.2 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in May. It was 7.3 percent in June 2014.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov.

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