Columbus jobless rate climbs to 5.7 percent in May

The Columbus metropolitan area unemployment rate jumped to 5.7 percent in May, the Georgia Department of Labor reported today.

The rate spiked up from 5.1 percent in April, but is still lower than the 5.8 percent jobless figure for Georgia as a whole.

The U.S. rate was 5.5 percent in May.

The Labor Department attributes the rise in unemployment to layoffs in several sectors, manufacturing in particular.

Job growth has not kept up with the number of people seeking work, the agency said. The state gained 9,400 jobs in May, with Columbus accounting for 600 of those. The city's work force now stands at 121,700.