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Hall County jobless rate up slightly in May

POSTED: June 27, 2013 8:22 a.m.

Hall County’s unemployment rate bumped back up slightly in May to 6.9 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 6.8 percent in April, the Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

The jobless rate in the metro Gainesville area rate was 7.3 percent in May a year ago.

The rate increased primarily because of the seasonal influx of job seekers into the labor force as new graduates began looking for work, the DOL reported. The number of people entering the labor force rose by 786 to 91,585 in May from 90,799 in April.

The number of jobs increased by 900, or 1.2 percent, to 75,900, up from 75,000 in April. Most of the job gains came in the service-related industries. Over-the-year, 100 jobs were added in trade and transportation. 

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 8.3 percent, up from 8.2 percent in April. The rate was 9.1 percent in May a year ago.

The unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains region rose to 7.3 percent in May, up from 6.9 percent in April. The area’s rate was 7.7 percent in May 2012.

Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.2 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.5 percent.


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