Metro Columbus’ May unemployment rate unchanged

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the unemployment rate in the metro Columbus area was unchanged at 4.7 percent from April to May.

Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent from April to May. The state’s rate was two-tenths of one percent lower than the U.S. unadjusted rate of 4.3 percent.

While the state’s rate was unchanged in May, it was down four-tenths of one percent over the year, from 4.5 percent in May of 2006.

From April to May of 2007, Georgia added 14,400 payroll jobs, primarily in trade and the service-related industries. In metro Columbus, the number of jobs was up 500, or four-tenths of one percent, from 122,900 to 123,400.