COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Georgia Department of Labor has released new unemployment numbers. The state unemployment rate rises slightly to 6.3 percent in May.
The May unemployment rate is up one-tenth of a percentage point from 6.2 percent in April. These numbers are much better than a year ago when the unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says, "Our labor force expanded for the 18th month in a row, and that's the biggest factor in driving up the rate."
The labor force grew to 4,774,912. The number of seasonally adjusted jobs grew to 4,252,800 in May. Most of the job gains came in professional-business services, and leisure-hospitality.