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Unemployment rises in metro Albany, Southwest Georgia

Seasonal factors contribute to jobless rate increase

ALBANY — The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Albany’s unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in May. The Labor Department also said Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region had increased to 8.6 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent the previous month.

The Albany rate was 9.7 percent, and 9.4 percent for Southwest Georgia, in June 2013.

The rates increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by .5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries, labor officials said.

The number of jobs in Albany decreased by 100, from 60,600 in June 2013. Most of the loss was with the federal government. There were 795 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in June, an increase of 6.6 percent, from 746 in May. There were 670 claims filed in June 2013.

The labor force decreased by 58 to 71,404 from 71,462 in metro Albany, officials from the Labor Department said Thursday.

The labor force in Southwest Georgia grew by 149, up to 156,645 from 156,496 in May, and there were 1,486 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in June, an increase from 1,461 in May. There were 1,607 claims filed in the region during June 2013.

Of the 14 metro areas, Dalton had the highest unemployment rate for June at 9.3 percent and Athens had the lowest at 6.3 percent. Of the 11 regional areas, the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area had the highest rate at 10.4 percent and the Georgia Mountains area had the lowest at 6.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May. The rate was 8.4 percent in May 2013.