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Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:54am

Georgia 50th in Job Losses

New statistics suggest that some states are putting the recession behind them. But Georgia is not yet one of them.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked Georgia 50th among the states in most year-over-year job losses.

The state lost more jobs between June 2009 and June 2010 than any other state except for the much more populated California. The rankings include Washington, D.C.

The state’s workforce is down nearly 50,000 jobs from last June.

But, in the same period, 20 states and the District of Columbia added jobs. Ten of these states had gains of more than 10,000 jobs, and all have shown some increase in their workforces from a year ago.

Georgia’s unemployment rate declined to 10.0 percent from 10.1 percent in May. Even with the slight drop, Georgia continues to exceed the national unemployment rate for the 33rd consecutive month.