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Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 9.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) -- State labor officials say the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 9.2 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.9 percent in December.

That compares to a 10.3 percent jobless rate for metro Atlanta for January 2011.

Statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor also show that metro Athens had the lowest rate among local areas in the state at 7.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the highest local rate at 12.7 percent.

The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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kevin 2 years, 7 months ago

Rising? I thought we were in an economic recovery in this country? At least that is what our so-called government is saying. This is pathetic so say the least. I guess money has dried up in Ga. And you wonder why the state can't keep giving to the school system. We can't suport all this infrastruture when things are this bleak.

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BuzzG 2 years, 7 months ago

President Obama is cooking the books. The real unemployment rate is much higher but he is pretending that those who have been unable to find work for more than two years have fallen out of the job market because they are not really looking for work. If we used the same work-force participation rate used by President Bush, unemployment would now be about 10.8 per cent nationwide. I can't wait until the first Tuesday in November so we can reduce unemployment and the cost of gas. President Obama did not create this economic mess, but he is doing all the wrong things to fix it.

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