ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor recently announced that Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate for June was 5.4 percent, up 0.9 percent from May. The rate in June 2015 was 6 percent.
The rate rose as the labor force increased by 3,637 to 183,984, as students and others entered the job market. The labor force consists of people employed and those who are unemployed but looking for jobs. The number of employed workers rose by 1,830, while the number of unemployed people increased by 1,807.
Meanwhile, the number of jobs increased by 900, or 0.5 percent, to 179,500 in June. Most of the increase came in manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.
Over the year, Metro Savannah, which the Census Bureau defines as Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties, gained 7,100 jobs, a 4.1 percent growth rate, up from 172,400 in June 2015. Most of the gains came in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, government, including public schools, and manufacturing, along with trade, transportation and warehousing.
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 238, or 30.5 percent, to 1,019 in June. The increases came in a number of industries, including manufacturing, accommodations and food services, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, and health care and social assistance. However, over the year, claims were down by 200, or 16.4 percent, from 1,219 in June 2015.
The June unemployment rate in the 10-county Coastal Georgia region, which includes Bryan County, was 5.6 percent, up 1 percentage point from 4.6 percent in May. The rate in June 2015 was 6.3 percent.
The rate rose as the labor force increased by 4,944 to 324,821, as students and others entered the job market. The number of employed workers rose by 1,625, while the number of unemployed people increased by 3,319.
Also, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 281, or 20.1 percent, to 1,676 in June.
Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in May. It was 5.8 percent in June 2015.