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Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 4:41am

State’s Jobless Rate Unchanged

Georgia’s unemployment rate stayed the same in October as it was the previous month, at 9.9 percent.

Inside the new numbers from state labor officials: payroll jobs increased last month, by more than 22,000. Most of the increases were seen in retail trade, temporary employment agencies, public and private schools, and health care.

But the number of long-term unemployed also rose by 4,000 to over 240,000 Georgians. Long-term jobless are described as those out-of-work for 27 weeks or longer.

More than 57,000 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment benefits in October. But in a year’s time, there’s been a decrease in claims filed by 13,000.