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Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate increases slightly to 6.1 percent

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ATLANTA — State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has risen slightly, up to 6.1 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new July rate, which is up from 6 percent in June.

Labor officials said in a statement that the unemployment rate rose as more job seekers entered the labor force in search of employment. The state agency said that some of them were unable to find work and were counted among the unemployed. Officials said that situation, along with an increase in new layoffs, contributed to the rate increase.

Elsewhere in Georgia, metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.5 percent.

The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest rate at 8.3 percent.

The metro area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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