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Paulding unemployment up to 7.1 percent in June
by Tom Spigolon
tspigolon@neighbornewspapers.com
August 05, 2014 02:12 PM | 829 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students and graduates seeking jobs and school workers suffering summer job losses combined to push the unemployment rate up to 7.1 percent in June in Paulding County, the Georgia Department of Labor reported.

The June rate was an increase of three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.8 percent in May.

Seasonal factors contributed to the increase, said department spokesman John Ard.

The labor force increased by 94 Paulding residents from 72,869 in May to 72,963 in June as graduates and students entered the job market looking for work, he said. The labor force is the total of all county residents employed or actively seeking work.

In addition, employment among the county’s residents declined by 130 from 67,905 in May to 67,775 in June, due largely to the summer job loss among non-contract school workers, he said.

However, Paulding’s June jobless rate was still 1.0 percent below the June 2013 rate of 8.1 percent.

It also was below the statewide rate of 7.4 percent, but above the nationwide rate of 6.1 percent in June, the department reported.

The county’s rate also was below the average jobless rate for metro Atlanta of 7.6 percent. Metro Atlanta includes Paulding and 27 other counties surrounding the city of Atlanta.

Metro Athens, including Clarke, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties, had the lowest June jobless rate among Georgia metro areas at 6.3 percent. Metro Dalton, including Murray and Whitfield counties, had the highest unemployment rate at 9.3 percent.

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