The Columbus metro area unemployment rate climbed from 8.5 percent in May to 9.3 percent in June, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.
That compares to a 9.7 percent rate in June of last year, with the department attributing much of the rise in joblessness to school workers on summer furloughs and recent high school and college graduates sticking their toes into the job market.
The local metro area includes Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee and Marion counties in Georgia and Russell County in Alabama. Fort Benning soldiers are not counted as employed in Chattahoochee County, where much of the post is located.
The labor department said the Columbus area’s workforce total was steady at 120,600 from May to June, although it has gained 400 positions over the past year.