Georgia jobless rate climbs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

August 20, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's unemployment rate climbed to 10.3 percent in July -- up two-tenths of a percentage point from last month.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond reported Thursday that "layoffs are moderating" but nearly 500,000 residents are still officially unemployed.

He said they could form a "mythical unemployment line that stretches from Dalton to Atlanta, through Macon and down to Valdosta."

The jobless rate in July was up 4.1 percentage points from the same month last year. The state's jobless rate remained above the national rate for the 21st consecutive month.

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