Georgia jobless rate rises slightly

ATLANTA — Georgia labor officials say the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has risen slightly to 8.6 percent.

The December figure is up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in November. The rate was 9.4 percent in December a year ago.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler released the new numbers Thursday morning. He said a combination of factors led to the increase. They include what he called a modest increase in new layoffs, along with a small job loss driven primarily by seasonal layoffs in education.

Despite the increase, Butler said it was the best November-to-December job market report since 2007.


kevin 2 years, 8 months ago

This had to happen, The holidays are over. I am sure the Federal rate has jumped also, that is, if they would stop lying about it and give us the real rate.


Why_not 2 years, 8 months ago

Are you jumping for joy yet Kevin? Maybe it will be back up to 9% next month and you can go out and celebrate. Of course if it happens to drop again it will only be because someone "cooked the books."


TOWG 2 years, 8 months ago

Why would anyone celebrate the fact that more of the folks don't have jobs? What a negative comment.


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