Unemployment rate for county remains steady at 6.2 percent
by Michelle Babcock
August 03, 2014 12:05 AM | 3046 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The local unemployment rate remained steady at 6.2 percent from May to June after rising from 5.3 percent in April.

In metro Atlanta, the unemployment rate rose from 7.2 percent in May to 7.6 percent in June, seasonally unadjusted figures from the Department of Labor show.

Georgia Department of Labor spokesman Sam Hall said metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate increased because of seasonal factors, “such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers, temporary layoffs in manufacturing and a rise in the labor force as graduates and students entered the job market.”

While Atlanta saw a loss of 4,000 jobs from May to June, a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point, Hall said the number of jobs has increased over the year.

“There was an over-the-year gain of 58,300 jobs, or 2.4 percent, from June 2013,” Hall explained.

Most job gains were seen in professional and business services (16,700 jobs), trade, transportation and warehousing (15,800 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (11,800 jobs), the data shows.

Cherokee County recorded 115,484 eligible workers, with 7,202 unemployed in June, or 6.2 percent. While the unemployment rate in May was also 6.2 percent, the number of eligible workers was slightly different, with 115,689 eligible workers and 7,199 unemployed, figures show.

In June 2013, Cherokee recorded 114,706 eligible workers and 8,104 unemployed, or 7.1 percent, figures show.

The number of eligible workers is determined by adding the number of people employed and those actively seeking employment.

Forsyth had the lowest unemployment rate in the area for June at 5.9 percent, with Cherokee following second at 6.2 percent.

Nearby counties’ unemployment rates for May are: Bartow at 7.7 percent; Cobb at 6.9 percent; DeKalb at 7.8 percent; Douglas at 7.6 percent; Fulton at 8.4 percent; Forsyth at 5.9 percent and Paulding at 7.1 percent.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance in Cherokee fell by 6.8 percent, from 427 claims in May to 398 claims in June — a decrease of 29 claims over a month.

Since June 2013, the number of claims in Cherokee fell by 15.3 percent, meaning the county saw 72 less claims than in last June, figures show.

Since June 2013, the unemployment rate in Cherokee County fell by nearly 1 percent, from 7.1 percent last year to 6.2 percent this year.

Statewide, the unemployment rate went up from 7.5 percent in May to 7.9 percent in June, the figures show. Since June 2013, the statewide unemployment rate fell a full percentage point from 8.9 percent to 7.9 percent this year.

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