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Unemployment  up in Putnam

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State rate down when seasonally adjusted

Putnam County saw an increase in the unemployment rate when not seasonally adjusted, according to the latest figures by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Between the months of May and June, the unemployment rate increased from 4.6 percent to 5.3 percent. In June 2017, however, the unemployment rate was at 6.6 percent, while in May 2017, the rate was at 5.9 percent, so the rate increase is common this time of year.

The unemployment number in the county increased from 382 to 442 between May and June, however, it is still lower than the 479 claims reported in June 2017. The labor force saw a small increase from 8,313 to 8,396 and the number of employed slightly increased from 7,931 to 7,954.

None of Georgia’s counties saw a drop in unemployment rates between the months of May and June, however, almost all saw drops between 2017 and 2018.

The rate trends remained the same across the Middle Georgia region. The rate in Middle Georgia increased from 3.8 percent in May to 4.5 percent in June. In June 2017 the rate was 5.3 percent.

The number of people employed in Middle Georgia increased slightly from 213,807 to 213,930, however, the number of unemployment claims rose from 8,535 to 10,184.

Jones County had the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 3.8 percent, while Twiggs County had the highest rate at 5.8 percent. Baldwin had the second highest unemployment rate in the region.

The two Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in Middle Georgia saw the same trend as the region. The rate for Macon-Bibb increased from 3.9 percent to 4.5 percent, with a small increase in the civilian workforce. The Warner Robins MSA increased from 3.6 percent to 4.3 percent between May and June. In June 2017, the rate in Macon-Bibb’s MSA was 5.3 percent, while Warner Robins MSA had a rate of 5.1 percent.

For the state of Georgia, the rate when not seasonally adjusted increased from 3.5 percent in May to 4.2 percent in June. However, when seasonally adjusted, the state saw a drop from 4.2 percent to 4.1 percent.

According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, the jobless rate in Georgia dropped to its lowest level in 2001, when seasonally adjusted.

“While the nation’s jobs and unemployment numbers are beginning to level off, Georgia continues to improve across just about every metric,” Butler said, according to a July 19 press release. “Georgia remains one of the premier states in which to live and work.”

Nationally, the unemployment rate increased when seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted. Between May and June, the rate increased from 3.8 percent to 4 percent when seasonally adjusted. When the numbers were not seasonally adjusted, the rate increased from 3.6 percent to 4.2 percent.

Throughout the state, Jackson County saw the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent. The highest unemployment rate was found in Wheeler County, where the rate was 7.8 percent.