Metro Augusta’s unemployment rate increased to 7.4 percent in June, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday.
The rate in May was 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.9 percent in June a year ago.
The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.3 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May. The rate was 8.4 percent in June a year ago.
South Carolina had an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent last month.