The labor force — the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work — rose by 4,061 from May to reach 2,766,961 in June.
For the core metro Atlanta counties, Gwinnett had the lowest jobless rate at 7.9 percent, followed by Cobb at 8.0 percent, DeKalb (9.3) percent, Fulton (9.8 percent) and Clayton (11.0) percent.
Metro Athens had the state’s lowest area jobless rate at 7.2 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 12.9 percent.
Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in June from 8.3 percent in May.
Both the state and metro Atlanta continue to trail the national rate, currently 7.6 percent.