Unemployment Rate Rises in Athens and Around the State
Unemployment is up in Georgia.
The state Department of Labor announced today that Metro Athens’ unemployment rate increased to 6.3 percent in June, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from May.
That’s down from 7.0 percent in June a year ago. Commissioner Mark Butler says it’s typical for this time of year.
“Typically during June, we see a lotos the schools let out and when that happens a lot of non-contract workers are laid off temporarily for the summer months and this is what we’re seeing right now. Virtually all the people that were laid off in in this area were connected to education, so that’s good news,” Butler said.
Butler says Athens is actually doing well.
“If we look at over the year how well Athens has done and if we compare this time of year to last year, we’ve actually seen the Athens area grow by 1500 jobs, which is right around, almost two percent growth, which is very good,“ according to Butler.
The primary growth was in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, retail trade and state government.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.3 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May. The rate was 8.4 percent in May a year ago.