(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.
May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.
In Rockdale County, the rate was 7.9 percent in May.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.
Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.