The unemployment rate in Georgia climbed during June for the third consecutive month, with jobless rates for most area counties creeping up for the second month in a row, according to figures released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor.
While the state’s jobless rate moved to 9.3 percent, compared to 8.5 percent for May, area counties saw similar increases.
•Jackson, 8.8 percent, up from 8
•Banks, 6.7 percent, up from 6.1
•Barrow, 8.2 percent, up from 7.7
•Athens-Clarke, 7.7 percent, up from 6.6
•Hall, 7.6 percent, up from 6.9
•Gwinnett, 6.7 percent, up from 6.4
•Madison, 6.8 percent, up from 6.1
Early County, on the Florida line, posted the state’s lowest jobless rate for June at 6.0 percent, while Chattahoochee County, on the Alabama border, had the highest unemployment rate at 19.7 percent.