Georgia jobless rate rises to 8.6%

Georgia jobless rate rises to 8.6%

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ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate increased to 8.6% in June.

The new seasonally adjustment jobless rate was announced early Thursday morning by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The June unemployment rate was up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3% in May. However, it remained under the 9.1% in June a year ago.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased partly because a large number of education workers are unemployed during the summer, and new graduates are considered unemployed until they find a job.

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