Georgia Jobless Rate Rises to 10.1 Percent

By: AP
By: AP


The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in November, up three-tenths of a point from October.

The number of payroll jobs increased by 7,000, from 3,842,500 in
October to 3,849,500 in November. Most of the increases came in
retail trade, professional and business services, and educational
and health services.

The number of jobs remains 5,100 below the number in November

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says the unemployment rate
is up because of increases in new layoffs and in the number of
long-term unemployed.

Thurmond says the long-term unemployed now account for 53.7
percent of the 469,702 jobless workers in Georgia. Long-term
unemployed are those who have been out of work for 27 weeks or

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