State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has risen to 8.9 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new numbers early Thursday. The 8.9 percent jobless rate for June was up seventh-tenths of a percent point, from 8.2 percent in May. That was still under the 9.3 percent rate in June a year ago.
Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February was the lowest since January 2009, down to 8.6 percent from 8.7 percent in January. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the February numbers early Thursday.
Georgia’s underemployment rate for the 12 months ending in June was 16.4 percent. These are people who want more work but cannot find it. Brandon Smith talks about whether it’s better to be underemployed and getting something on your resume or unemployed and focusing all your efforts on the job search.
Georgia's jobless rate rose to 9.3 percent in July, which is up from 9 percent in June. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said a main reason for the increase is a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing.