Thursday, June 26, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga - The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Augusta's unemployment rate increased in May.
The unemployment rate went up to 7 percent, from 6.3 percent in April.
The Georgia Department of Labor says the rate increased as 1,300 jobs were lost in the leisure and hospitality sector. The increase in jobs lost is due largely to seasonal layoffs after the Masters Golf Tournament.
Overall, the number of jobs decreased by 700 from April to May. However, over the year, the number of jobs increased by 1,300. Last May, the unemployment rate was 8 percent.
Georgia labor market data are available at www.employgeorgia.com