The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the unemployment rate in the Coosa Valley area rose to a preliminary 6.2 percent in June, up four-tenths of one percent from a revised 5.8 percent in May.

Meanwhile, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.7 percent from May to June, but it was up 1.3 percent from 4.4 percent in June of 2007. The current adjusted state rate, which is two-tenths of one percent higher than the U.S. seasonally-adjusted rate of 5.5 percent, continued to top the national rate for the past five months.

Preliminary unadjusted data from May to June show Georgia lost 21,900 payroll jobs, a decrease of one-half of one percent. The job losses came across-the-board in manufacturing, construction, trade, and services.

The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted