An increase in summertime job seekers coupled with seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education lifted metro Augusta’s unemployment rate to nearly 10 percent for June.
The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced metro area jobless rates. The Augusta-Aiken area was 9.9 percent in June, up from 9 percent in May. The rate was also 9.9 percent in June 2011.
According to a news release, the rate increased because 1,696 job seekers entered the labor force but were unable to find work. Also, there were 256 layoffs in manufacturing; administrative and support services; educational services; arts, entertainment and recreation; and accommodation and food services.
All six counties in the metro area saw increases in the jobless rate.
Metro Athens and metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rates at 7.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.3 percent. Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest, each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest area rate since August 2011.
All metro areas in Georgia and South Carolina had higher unemployment rates in June.