Atlanta Unemployment Jumps
(AJC) — After leveling off for a few months this year, metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate shot up to 10.5 percent in June from a revised 9.7 percent in May. Much of the increase was blamed on the labor pool expanding with the addition of 10-month school employees, such as janitors and bus drivers, and recent high school and college graduates, Georgia Department of Labor officials said. The last five years have seen the same seasonal uptick in June unemployment. Still, the increase in joblessness underscores how badly the economy is struggling to create enough jobs to meet demand.