5:14 am July 22, 2010, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate shot up to 10.3 percent in June, from 9.8 percent in May, the state labor department said Thursday.
The number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased to 273,405 in June — up 12,568, the labor department reported.
“A sharp increase in the number of discouraged workers, rising long-term unemployment, increased new layoffs and anemic job growth suggests that the fledgling economic recovery may be losing steam,” state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement.
In June, 31,434 laid off workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits — an increase of 12 percent. At the same time, the number of payroll jobs fell by 1,000 to 2,268,500.
Last week, the labor department said the state’s unemployment rate declined to 10 percent in June, from 10.1 percent in May. It was the 33rd consecutive month Georgia’s rate has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is now 9.5 percent.
Georgia lost more jobs from June 2009 to June 2010 than any other state but California, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
“This latest federal report further emphasizes the severity of the crisis facing Georgia’s economy, as our job market shows signs of renewed deterioration,” Thurmond said.
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