The unemployment rate in the northwest Georgia region increased to 7.4 percent in May, up eight-tenths of a percentage point from 6.6 percent in April. The rate was 8.3 percent in May a year ago.
According to the Georgia Department of Labor:
The rate increase was seasonal, as new graduates entered the labor force looking for full-time work, while other students searched for part-time summer jobs. The labor force rose by 3,171, up to 404,949 in May from 401,778 in April.