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Report shows fewer jobs last month, but 3,400 more jobs since this time last year
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Hear about the metro Gainesville jobs report from Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

The unemployment rate in the metro Gainesville area rose to 5.3 percent in June from 5.1 percent the month before. It’s down from 6.6 percent the year before.

The number of jobs decreased by 0.2 percent to 82,800, and the number of layoffs, as measured by unemployment insurance claims, increased, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. Most of the job losses were in state government and service industries, including repair and maintenance and personal and laundry services.

Service industry jobs account for most of the growth from a year ago, though.

“The Gainesville area is showing a very strong 4.3 percent job growth over the year, which equates or shows the area having 3,400 more jobs today than it did this same time last year,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said. Those jobs include trade, transportation and warehousing along with manufacturing and construction, according to the department.

Initial claims for unemployment rose by 5.9 percent in June, mostly due to manufacturing and construction. Claims are down 29.8 percent from a year ago.

The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in May. It was 7.3 percent in June 2014.