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Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 4:12am

County-To-County Jobless Rates Rise

Sixty-nine percent, or 109 counties in Georgia, now have unemployment rates of at least 10 percent.

The latest breakdown of June numbers from the state’s labor department further details the tough economy.

The highest jobless rate is found in east Georgia’s Hancock County, at 19.5 percent. Hart County in the northeast portion of the state is at 14.3 percent.

And metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate has now spilled into double-digits, reaching 10.7 percent in June.

Only 10 Georgia counties have unemployment rate below 8 percent. The best is in southeast Georgia’s Long County with 6.5 percent.

Georgia's overall jobless rate hit 10.1 percent in June - the highest ever recorded.