Figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor last week show that during June the unemployment rate for Georgia and Jackson and surrounding counties went up for the second month in a row.
Georgia’s jobless rate rose to 7.9 percent in June, up from 7.5 percent in May. Jackson County’s rate edged up three-tenths of a percent to 7.1 percent in June.
“The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing,” a DOL news release stated.
Other area counties and their June jobless rates include:
•Banks, 7.1 percent, up from 6.8 in May
•Barrow, 6.2 percent, up from 6.0 in May
•Athens-Clarke, 6.9 percent, up from 6.7 in May
•Hall, 6.5 percent, up from 6.1 in May
•Gwinnett, 6.9 percent, up from 6.5 in May
•Madison, 6.1, percent, up from 5.6 in May
Oconee County continued to have Georgia’s lowest jobless rate at 5.0 percent (up from 4.6 percent in May), while Chattahoochee County on the Alabama border maintained the highest unemployment rate at 16.4 percent (up from 15.0 percent in May).
The DOL reports that the state rate is “seasonally adjusted,” but the local rates are not. A year ago, the unemployment rate for Georgia was 8.1 percent, while that for Jackson County was 8.0 percent.