ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Hinesville’s unemployment rate for June was 6 percent, up 1 percentage point from May. The rate in June 2015 was 6.6 percent.
The rate for Metro Hinesville, which the U.S. Census Bureau defines as Liberty and Long counties and Fort Stewart, rose as the labor force increased by 155 to 32,179, 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 declined by 146, while the number of unemployed people increased by 301.
Meanwhile, the number of jobs declined by 300, or 1.5 percent, to 19,500 in June. Most of the June job loss came in local government, which includes the public schools. Much of the decline is a temporary seasonal loss as schools close for the summer. However, the total number of jobs was unchanged at 19,500 in June 2015.
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 11, or 8.3 percent, to 144 in June. Most of the increase came in retail trade and administrative and support services. However, over the year, claims were down by 21, or 12.7 percent, from 165 in June 2015.
The June unemployment rate in the 10-county Coastal Georgia region, which includes Liberty and Long counties, was 5.6 percent, up 1 percentage point from 4.6 percent in May. The rate in June 2015 was 6.3 percent.
The rate rose as the labor force increased by 4,944 to 324,821, 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 1,625, while the number of unemployed people increased by 3,319.
Also, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 281, or 20.1 percent, to 1,676 in June. Most of the increase came in manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, and accommodations and food services. However, over the year, claims were down by 494, or 22.8 percent, from 2,170 in June 2015.
Metro Gainesville had the state’s 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, 217 new job openings in Metro Hinesville were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 64,944 new job openings were posted.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.georgia.gov.
To learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers, and to connect with us on social media, visit www.dol.georgia.gov.