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Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 3:43am

Jobless Rate Inches Up

Georgia’s jobless rate inched upward in June, the first time it’s increased in nearly a year.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9 percent, up a tenth of a point from May. The rate was 9.9 percent last year.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler pointed to new graduates, summer job seekers and annual layoffs from public and private schools for the increase. And he said the rate traditionally climbs in June.

Butler said the loss of more than 8,000 jobs last month is significantly less than he expected.

“If you take a look historically, over the last five years, we have seen job loss in this same period,” Butler said. “However, this job-loss that we experienced this year is only a third of what we’ve been averaging.”

The state lost about 27,000 jobs annually from May to June since 2008.

First-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed 4.5 percent last month.