ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Metro Albany's unemployment rate has taken a sharp increase, but Labor Department leaders said that residents shouldn't be too worried.
The rate went from 5.6 percent in May to 6.6 percent in June.
Officials said that the main reason for the jump is an influx of graduates entering the workforce.
They said Albany has actually gained 1,400 jobs in the past year.
"What's really important is when you compare this June to June of year ago when you have almost a full percentage point lower unemployment rate than you did then that tells us that Albany's job market is moving in the right direction. There's good job growth," said Labor Department Communications Director Sam Hall.
The unemployment rate for the entire southwest Georgia region is up nine tenths of a point to 6.4 percent.
To find jobs in your area, visit the Georgia Department of Labor's website.