ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Three Rivers region in June was 6 percent, up nine-tenths of a percentage point from 5.1 percent in May. The rate in June 2015 was 6.7 percent.
The rate rose as the labor force increased by 3,114 to 241,158, as students and others entered the job market looking for work. The labor force consists of people employed and those who are unemployed but actively looking for jobs. The number of employed workers rose by 866, while the number of unemployed people increased by 2,248.
Also, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 137, or 5.7 percent, to 2,532 in June. Most of the increase came in manufacturing. And, over the year, claims were up by 551, or 27.8 percent, from 1,981 in June 2015.
Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia/Altamaha region had the highest at 6.9 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in May. It was 5.8 percent in June 2015.
Job seekers and employers are encouraged to use the GDOL’s online job listing service, www.employgeorgia.com to search for jobs or recruit new employees. In June, 1,848 new job openings in the Three Rivers region were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 64,944 new job openings were posted.