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Unemployment Rates Rise in Athens

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Nicole Jordan

The city of Athens recorded a rise in unemployment rates in the month of May, according to a statement made by Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler this Thursday.

At the end of May Athens recorded a 2.5 percent unemployment rate, up four-tenths of a percent over the month. This trend is observable throughout the state; all Regional Commissions in Georgia saw a hike in unemployment throughout the month of May, averaging around 2.6 percent.

Butler says this can be attributed in part to workers opting for full-time employment over temporary, seasonal jobs, leaving a lack of talent available to fill those summer positions.