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Metro Columbus jobless rate rises 10.2% in June

 From Georgia Department of Labor

COLUMBUS, GA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said  that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Columbus increased to 10.2% in June, up 1.2% from a revised 9.0% in May. The jobless rate in metro Columbus in June a year ago was 9.6%.

"The increase was caused primarily by two seasonal factors," said Butler. "There were layoffs among non-contract public school employees, such as bus drivers and janitorial workers, and an increase in the labor force, as students began looking for permanent or part-time jobs."

The lowest area rate, at 8.0%, was recorded in Warner Robins, while the highest, at 12.8 %, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area near Dublin. 

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9% in June, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8% in May. The state's jobless rate was 10% in June a year ago.

June marked the 47th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.2%, up from 9.1% in May.

Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

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