Created: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:31:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:05:40 EST
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Macon’s unemployment rate increased to 9.8 percent in June, while the jobless rate in Warner Robins rose to 8.3 percent.
In Macon, that was an increase of eight-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in May, but a decline from the 10 percent rate posted in June, 2012.
In Warner Robins, the increase was eight-tenths of a percentage point from 7.5 percent in May, and also an increase from 8.1 percent in June a year ago.
The state labor department said the rate increased primarily because of two seasonal factors: large numbers of education workers are unemployed during the summer and new graduates are considered unemployed until they find a job.
Also, in Warner Robins, the number of layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, rose by 49, or 9.9 percent, to 546 in June from 497 in May. The increases came mostly in manufacturing and professional and business services.
GDL reported the number of jobs in metro Macon was unchanged at 99,200. However, over the year, the number of jobs increased by 1,100, or 1.1 percent, from 98,100 in June 2012.
All of the job gains came in the private sector, including professional and business services, educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, financial services, and retail trade.
The number of jobs in metro Warner Robins grew by 200, or three-tenths of a percentage point, from 59,300 in May to 59,500. Most of the job growth came in local and federal government. However, over the year, the number of jobs declined by 200, or three-tenths of a percentage point, from 59,700 in June 2012. All of the job loss was with the federal government.
The Macon labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose to 114,274 in June, up by 233 from 114,041 in May. It was down by 271 from 114,545 in June 2012.
The Warner Robins labor force rose to 71,195 in June, up by 100 from 71,095 in May. It was down by 291 from 71,486 in June 2012
Statewide, Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.2 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 12.9 percent.
The entire state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 8.6 percent, up from 8.3 percent in May. The rate was 9.1 percent in June a year ago.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us