At 7.5 percent, Cherokee still retains the lowest unemployment rate in the metro region, despite the uptick from 7.1 percent in May. The unemployment rate was 8.4 percent last year in June.
The county is almost a point lower than all surrounding metro counties.
Cherokee County’s labor force grew by just fewer then 400 people last month, with 113,601 eligible workers in June compared to 113,208 in May. The county had a labor force of 111,989 in June a year ago.
The number of employed people in the county decreased slightly in June to 105,093 from 105,138 the previous month. The number of people without jobs increased to 8,508 from 8,070 in May.
The metro Atlanta jobless rate also rose to 9.3 percent last month, an increase of seven-tenths of a percentage point from 8.6 percent in May. The rate was 10.2 percent in June 2011.
The Georgia Department of Labor released the state employment information for June on July 26, saying the metro region saw an increase because 17,526 new job seekers entered the labor force but were unable to find work.
The state department said there were also 350 new layoffs in retail trade, administrative and support services, educational services and health care and social assistance.
Statewide, Georgia’s seasonally unadjusted employment rate also saw an increase to 9 percent in June. As the first statewide increase in almost a year, the state’s rate is a one-tenth percentage point jump from 8.9 percent in May. The rate was 9.9 percent in June a year ago.
Other area rates include Bartow at 9.4 percent, Clayton at 11.6 percent, Cobb at 8.6 percent, DeKalb at 9.6 percent, Douglas at 9.8 percent, Fayette at 8.4 percent, Fulton at 10.2 percent, Gwinnett at 8.3 percent, Henry at 9.4 percent, Paulding at 8.7 percent and Rockdale at 10.7 percent.