The June unemployment rate increased to 8.3 percent from 7.7 percent in May, according to the Georgia Department of Labor
State labor analyst Corey Smith said the rate on average rises during the summer months while schools are on break.
Claims for jobless benefits were down by 80 during June in Paulding, though they increased in some sectors like education, he said.
“Industries including wholesale trade, professional and technical services, and construction saw initial filings for jobless benefits decline over the month while educational services and administrative and support services saw an increase in claims,” Smith said.
There were 6,146 unemployed Paulding residents in June compared to 5,705 in May, an increase of 441.
“The June jobless rate is the highest in the county since it was 8.4 percent in August 2012,” Smith said.
The number of employed residents dropped as the unemployment rate rose. In June 67,562 were employed compared to 67,963 in May, a decrease of 401.
While the unemployment rate spiked and employment dipped the labor force still rose to 73,708 in June from 73,668 in May. The labor force is the total of all residents either working or actively seeking work.
Surrounding counties all saw increases in unemployment as well. The rates included Carroll at 10.5 percent; Haralson at 9.8; Douglas at 9.3; Bartow at 9.2; Polk County at 8.7 percent; and Cobb at 8.0.
Metro Atlanta, which includes 28 counties including Paulding, had an increase in unemployment from 8.2 percent in May to 8.9 in June.
Georgia also saw a jump from 8.3 percent in May to 8.6 percent in June.