ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Albany increased to 10 percent in May, up two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in April. The April rate was first reported at a preliminary 9.9 percent. The jobless rate in metro Albany in May a year ago was 10.6 percent.
The rate rose because more than 1,200 new job seekers entered the labor force looking for work and while nearly 1,000 found a job, more than 200 of those did not.
The lowest area rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in metro Athens, while the highest, at 12 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.8 percent from April to May. The April rate was first reported at a preliminary 9.9 percent, but was revised. The state’s jobless rate was 10 percent in May a year ago.
May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9.0 percent in April.
Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us