January 21, 2010
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate now matches its record high.
Commissioner Michael Thurmond says new figures put the state's unemployment rate at 10.3 percent, matching the high set last July.
The jobless rate was up .2 of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in November.
Thurmond says that since the recession began in December 2007, Georgia's workforce has shrunk by 121,257 or 2.5 percent, from 4,823,467 to 4,702,210.
The number of payroll jobs in December decreased 175,000, or 4.3 percent, from December of 2008.
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