The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate for White County in Junes was 6.9 percent. That is up from the 6.8 percent revised May rate. Labor Department figures from June show in White County the labor force was 13,618, of those 12,673 were employed while 945 were unemployed.
The rate for the Georgia Mountains region as a whole increased to 6.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.4 percent in May.
Labor Department officials said, the rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers, layoffs in manufacturing, repair and maintenance and personal services, and an increase in the labor force as graduates and students entered the job market.