The increase, according to labor force estimates from the Georgia Department of Labor included increases from the previous month in the number of unemployed, the labor force and a decrease in the number of those employed. For June, the latest month for statistics, there were 3,320 unemployed in Spalding County, 25,744 employed and an estimated labor force of 29,094, to make up the 11.4 percent unemployment rate.
In May, the unemployment rate was 10.8 percent, with 25,785 employed, 3,129 unemployed out of a labor force of 28,194. Unemployment is down from 12.8 percent in June 2011, when 3,678 were unemployed, 25,163 were employed out of a labor force of 28,841.
At 11.4 percent, Spalding County’s unemployment rate for June, is higher than the Georgia rate of 9.6 percent and the national rate of 8.4 percent. All of these rates are not seasonally adjusted.
Spalding County’s unemployment rate at 11.4 percent, is higher that the Atlanta Metro Service Area’s 9.6 percent and the Three Rivers Regional Commission’s 10.6 percent for June. Spalding County is included in each region for statistical purposes.
Unlike previous months, Spalding’s unemployment rate is not the highest in either region. That distinction belongs to Meriwether County at 13.7 percent, which like Spalding is in both regions.
Also higher than Spalding County in the Atlanta MSA is neighboring Clayton County, with an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent for June. In the Three Rivers region, Troup County at 11.9 percent and Upson County at 11.5 percent also have higher unemployment rates than Spalding County for June.
The lowest unemployment rate in the Three Rivers region is 8.8 percent in Pike County, followed by 9 percent in Coweta County, 10.4 percent in Carroll County, 10.8 percent in Lamar County, 11.1 percent in Butts County and 11.3 percent in Heard County.
Of other neighboring counties not already mentioned, Fayette has the lowest unemployment at 8.4 percent, with Henry at 9.4 percent. However, the unemployment in the largest cities in those counties, Peachtree City, at 7.8 percent, is lower than the Fayette County average, while Stockbridge, at 11.3 percent, is higher than the Henry County average.
Rates are only available for cities with a total population of 25,000 or more, so data is not available for the City of Griffin. Newnan’s unemployment rate for June, is 10.2 percent, also above the county rate in Coweta, as it is in Troup County, with LaGrange’s unemployment rate at 13.2 percent.
Statewide the highest rate of unemployment for June is 20.1 percent in Chattahoochee County, while the lowest is 6 percent in Oconee County. For cities larger than 25,000, the highest unemployment rate for June is 14.7 percent in East Point, while the lowest is 7 percent in both Roswell and Alparetta.