ATLANTA — State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler recently said that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Hinesville area increased to 8.7 percent in May, up two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.5 percent in April.
The jobless rate in metro Hinesville in May a year ago was 8.3 percent.
The rate rose because more than 400 new job seekers entered the labor force looking for work. While more than 300 found jobs, more than 100 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.
This May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which currently is 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.