Unemployment in metro Macon rose to 9.4 percent in May, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The increase is three-tenths of a percentage point higher than April's rate.
The Georgia Department of Labor says the increase is due to a growth of 1,018 jobs seekers. Most found jobs within the month, while over 300 did not.
Also, 92 layoffs in areas such as educational services, construction, wholesale and retail trade, and food serivces contributed to the unemployment increase.
Georgia's unemployment rate remains at 8.9 percent for the month of May.