Figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor last week show that Georgia’s unemployment rate went up a full point in May, thanks to the seasonal addition of new graduates entering the labor force and looking for work. DOL put the Georgia jobless rate at 7.5 percent, up from 6.5 percent in April. Those figures were not “seasonally adjusted,” according to a DOL news release.
Most area counties also experienced increases in their unemployment rates. In Jackson County, for example, the jobless rate for May was put at 6.8 percent, up from 5.9 percent in May. The unemployment rate for Jackson County in May 2013 was 8.0 percent.
The May 2014 jobless rates for other area counties in comparison to April are:
•Banks, 6.0 percent, up from 5.3
•Barrow, 6.7 percent, up from 5.9
•Athens-Clarke, 6.0 percent, up from 5.2
•Hall, 6.1 percent, up from 5.6
•Gwinnett, 6.5 percent, up from 5.8
•Madison, 5.6 percent, up from 4.7
Oconee County continued to have the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.6 percent, which was up from 4.0 percent in April; Chattahoochee County continued to boast the state’s highest jobless rate, at 15.0 percent. That was up from 13.3 percent in April.