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Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 6:00am

Local Jobless Rates Rise

The unemployment rate in metro areas around Georgia rose or remain unchanged in May, mirroring a slight increase in the state’s overall jobless figure.

The Augusta metro area saw the largest increase in unemployment last month, posting a 9 percent jobless rate. That’s up six-tenths of a percent over April, The state Labor Department attributes the jump to 1,700 layoffs, mostly in service-related jobs.

Unemployment also increased in Macon, Rome and Columbus. Labor officials say those higher rates – and most of the jumps around the state – are due to more people out looking for jobs.

Unemployment held steady in Athens, Brunswick, Dalton, Gainesville and Savannah in May.

Georgia Metro Area Unemployment – May 2012


Albany – 9.5 percent (9.4 percent in April)

Athens – 6.5 percent (unchanged from April)

Atlanta – 8.6 percent (8.5 percent in April)

Augusta – 9.0 percent (8.4 percent in April)

Brunswick – 9.7 percent (unchanged from April)

Columbus – 8.7 percent (8.4 percent in April)

Dalton – 11.4 percent (unchanged from April)

Gainesville – 6.9 percent (unchanged from April)

Hinesville – 8.8 percent (8.6 percent in April)

Macon – 9.4 percent (9.1 percent in April)

Rome – 10.3 percent (10.1 percent in April)

Savannah – 8.4 percent (unchanged from April)

Valdosta – 8.4 percent (8.1 percent in April)

Warner Robins – 7.4 percent (7.2 percent in April)