4:25 am June 21, 2012, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in May from 8.5 percent in April, the state labor department said Thursday.
While the labor force grew by 16,578 job seekers in May, a total of 6,008 people were not able to find work in the metro area, pushing up the jobless rate, the labor department said.
Also, there were 269 new layoffs in professional and technical services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.
The jobless rate is down from a year ago when it was 9.5 percent.
Among the core metro Atlanta counties, Gwinnett had May’s lowest jobless rate at 7.7 percent. Cobb was next with 8.1 percent, followed by DeKalb (9 percent), Fulton (9.5 percent) and Clayton (10.8 percent).
Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.4 percent.
Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate stayed at 8.9 percent from April to May — the first time in 10 months it failed to drop.
Joblessness in Georgia and metro Atlanta remains higher than the national rate, which is 8.2 percent.
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