State officials say Georgia's jobless rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, the highest level in the past six months.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.1 percent in July.
State officials said that Georgia's jobless rate was also 10.2 percent in August a year ago.
Butler said in a statement that the jobless numbers increased because about 5,500 new job seekers, as well as more of those already unemployed, were unable to find work.
But state labor officials do report a statewide increase of 7,300 jobs last month. Most of those gains came in public school system seasonal jobs. There were also job gains in professional and business services, health care, and construction. However, there have been job losses recently in Georgia’s leisure and hospitality industry.
August marked the 49th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is 9.1 percent.
Contributors: Information from Georgia Labor Department