Hall County’s unemployment rate increased by nearly a point in June, going from 3.8 percent in May to 4.7 percent in June.
The rate in June 2015 was 5.2 percent.
Metro Gainesville — which covers all of Hall County — had the lowest area jobless rate in Georgia at 4.7 percent.
Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent for June, an increase of 1 percentage point from the 4.2 percent in May.
In June 2015, the unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.
The county rate rose as the labor force increased by 1,528 to 96,273, as students and others entered the job market looking for work.
The labor force consists of people employed and those who are unemployed but actively looking for jobs.
The number of employed workers rose by 681, while the number of unemployed people increased by 847.
The number of jobs increased by 400, or 0.5 percent, to 87,200 in June. Most of the increase came in trade, transportation and warehousing, along with the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction.
Over the year, Gainesville gained 3,200 jobs, a 3.8 percent growth rate, up from 84,000 in June 2015. Most of the job gains came in the service-producing industries such as trade, transportation and warehousing and the goods-producing sector.