Columbus jobless rate leaps to 6.3 percent in June

The Columbus metropolitan area unemployment rate jumped to 6.3 percent in June, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

The local rate is up from 5.6 percent in May.

The Georgia rate in June was 5.7 percent, which was unchanged from the month before. The U.S. rate is 5.5 percent.

Preliminary data from the Labor Department show the state lost 21,900 payroll jobs from May to June. Those losses came in everything from manufacturing and construction to the trade and service sectors.

The Columbus work force dropped by 200 jobs, the agency said, coming in at 121,600.