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Athens Adds to Labor Force in June

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Athens added more jobs and more people to its labor force in June. That’s according to numbers from the State Department of Labor. Preliminary data for the four-county metropolitan statistical area or MSA, also saw the unemployment rate rise up one-tenth a percentage point to 3.7 percent.

The four-county MSA includes Clarke, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties.

“June was a very strong month for Georgia,” Butler said. “A number of local communities set records as the state added more than 20,000 jobs. Plus, we continued to add to our labor force and see the number of unemployment claims fall. Our local communities continue to prosper.”

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 1,289 active job postings in metro Athens for June.

Athens ended June with 98,900 jobs.

Nationally, the unemployment rate inched up 0.1 percentage points in June to reach 3.7 percent. Georgia’s rate dropped 0.1 percentage points to settle at 3.7 percent.

In Athens, the unemployment rate rose 0.6 percentage points in June, reaching 3.8 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4.3 percent.

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