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Local Jobless Rates Rise

Updated: 2 years ago.
Unemployment held steady in Athens, Brunswick, Dalton, Gainesville and Savannah in May. Georgia’s remaining metro areas saw slight increases in their jobless rates. (GPB File Photo.)

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)

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