The spike in the unemployment rate is attributed to seasonal layoffs after the Masters Tournament. The number of jobless people rose by 1,850 from April to May.
The total number of jobs decreased by 2,000. Many of the jobs lost were in leisure and hospitality and state education.
Metro Athens had the lowest state jobless rate, at 6.2 percent; and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 11.5 percent, according to the Department of Labor.
The unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River region increased from 8.5 percent in April to 9.3 percent in May.