More people in metro Macon sought jobless benefits in May than in April.
According to a release from the Georgia Department of Labor, Macon's unemployment rate rose from 8.1 percent in April to nine percent in May.
That's still lower than May 2012's rate of 9.4 percent.
Area businesses laid off 1,404 people in May, compared to the 1,048 laid off in April.
Warner Robins' unemployment rate increased from April's 6.7 percent to 7.5 percent.
The rate increased mostly due to a rise in layoffs as well as new graduates joining the quest for work, according the news release.
Those rates compare to the state's unemployment rate of 8.5 percent.