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Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate increases to 5.9 percent

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ATLANTA — State officials say metro Atlanta's jobless rate has increased to 5.9 percent.

That's up from 5.6 percent in April.

The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new figure for May. The rate in May 2014 was 6.9 percent.

State labor officials say Georgia's labor force grew, and that new people entering the job market are counted as unemployed.

Elsewhere in Georgia, the Gainesville area had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 7.7 percent.

The local area unemployment figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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