Unemployment up in Rome

07/24/14 8:49 a.m.


ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Rome’s unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in May. The rate was 9.4 percent in June a year ago.

The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers.

There were 39,200 jobs in Rome in June, down by 100, or 0.3 percent, from 39,300 in May. Most of the job loss came in local education.

However, there was an over-the-year gain of 600 jobs, or 1.6 percent, from 38,600 in June 2013. The primary growth was in trade and transportation, education and health services, and the good-producing sector, which includes construction.

Also, there were 396 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in June, a decrease of six, or 1.5 percent, from 402 in May. Most of the decrease in claims came in accommodation and food services. There were 485 claims filed in June 2013.

The labor force grew by two to 47,275 from 47,273.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.3 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May. The rate was 8.4 percent in May a year ago.