Even when the official unemployment rate was falling, Christine Phillips knew the job market was not healthy.
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Metro Atlanta unemployment rate
Jobless rates generally rise from May to June because of school layoffs for the summer and new graduates searching for work.
Year … May unemployment … June unemployment
2013 … 8.2 percent … 8.9 percent
2012 … 8.7 percent … 9.3 percent
2011 … 9.6 percent … 10.3 percent
2010 … 9.7 percent … 10.2 percent
2009 … 9.4 percent … 10.5 percent
2008 … 5.7 percent … 6.2 percent
2007 … 4.2 percent … 4.7 percent
Data not seasonally adjusted
Sources: Georgia Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics