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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 4:46am

Jobless Rate Jumps To Double-Digits

Georgia’s unemployment rate is back into double-digits. State labor officials say it rose to 10.1 percent in November, a bump from 9.8 in October.

It’s now a stretch of more than three years that Georgia’s jobless rate has topped the national mark—which is currently 9.8 percent.

Officials say there are more than a quarter of a million Georgians (252,200) are considered long term jobless--out of work for 27 weeks or longer. That group rose by almost 5 percent in the past month.

“The unemployment rate is up because of increases in new layoffs and in the number of long-term unemployed,” said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. “Georgia’s economy must have sustained job growth in the private sector.”

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