Applicants lined up to speak to prospective employers at a job fair in New York. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate inched up to 8.6 percent in May, the Georgia Department of Labor, reported Thursday.
The area's unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in April 2012 and 9.5 percent in May 2011.
GDOL said the rate went up because the labor force grew by 16,578 job seekers, and while most found jobs within the month, 6,008 did not. Also, there were 269 new layoffs in professional and technical services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.
GDOL reported previously Georgia's unemployment rate was flat at 8.9 percent in May, marking the first time in 10 months the rate did not go down.
The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 8.2 percent.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)