The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) increased to 10.4 percent in June, up 1.1 percent from 9.3 percent in May. The rate was 10.6 percent in June a year ago.
The rate increased primarily because of two seasonal factors: large numbers of education workers are unemployed during the summer and new graduates are considered unemployed until they find a job.
The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose to 209,432 in June, up by 1,421 from 208,011 in May. It was up by 367 from 209,065 in June 2012.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.2 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 12.9 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 8.6 percent, up from 8.3 percent in May. The rate was 9.1 percent in June a year ago.
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