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Atlanta jobless rate rises to 9.3 percent in June

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State labor officials say the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 9.3 percent in June.

That number is up from 8.6 percent in May, but down from 10.2 percent in June 2011. Officials say more than 17,000 new job seekers entering the labor force couldn't find work. They also cite 350 new layoffs in retail trade, administrative and support services, educational services, and health care and social assistance as causes for the increase.

Metro Athens and metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rates at 7.5 percent. Metro Dalton had the highest at 12.3 percent, and has had the highest area rate since August 2011.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also increased in June, to 9.0 percent — the first increase in almost a year.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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