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Hall County's jobless rate rises to 7.6 percent

POSTED: July 25, 2013 8:41 a.m.

The unemployment rate in Hall County rose to 7.6 percent in June, up from 6.9 percent in May, the Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

The jobless rate in metro Gainesville was 7.9 percent in June a year ago.

It marks the third straight month the rate increased in Hall after it fell to 6.8 percent in March.

The Labor Department blames the increase on two seasonal factors: large numbers of education workers are unemployed during the summer and new graduates are considered unemployed until they find a job.

While the jobless rate increased, the number of jobs in metro Gainesville decreased by 800, or 1.1 percent, from 75,900 in May to 75,100 in June. Most of the job loss came in state and local government and the service-related industries.

Also, over the year, the number of jobs decreased by 100, or one-tenth of a percentage point, from 75,200 in June 2012. Most of the job losses came in federal and state government.

The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined to 90,914 in June, down by 500 from 91,414 in May. It was down by 139 from 91,053 in June 2012.

The jobless rate in the Georgia Mountains region increased to 8.0 percent in June, up seven-tenths of a percentage point, from 7.3 percent in May. It was 8.3 percent in June 2012.

Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.2 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 12.9 percent.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 8.6 percent, up from 8.3 percent in May. The rate was 9.1 percent in June a year ago.

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