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Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 1:36am

Unemployment Rate Steady, Job Market Continues Decline

New numbers are in today from the Georgia Department of Labor.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says that while the rate is holding steady, signs still point to a deteriorating job market.

The unemployment rate from August to September remained steady at about 10 percent, but the jobless rate is up 3 and a half percent from this time last year.

Dalton, Rome and Atlanta had highest rate of job loss throughout the state. Athens, Brunswick and Columbus had the lowest.

Commissioner Thurmond pointed to some bright spots on the horizon.

"There are some positive developments in West-Central Georgia around Columbus around Muscogee County because of military expansion," says Thurmond.

"There's a tremendous amount of excitement in North Georgia with the coming of the Volkswagen automobile manufacturing plant, and of course Kia in West-Central Georgia is just months, if not days, away from beginning production."

Thurmond says combined, those developments will create tens of thousands jobs in the state.

For more information on Georgia's labor force, check out the Georgia Department of Labor website.

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