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Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:56am

Metro Jobless Rates Spike

Georgia labor officials say unemployment rates in the state's metro areas ranged from 12.1 percent in Dalton to 7.8 in Athens and Warner Robins.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler on Thursday announced the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rates for the state's metropolitan statistical areas.

The jobless rate in a half-dozen metro areas — Albany, Atlanta, Brunswick, Dalton, Macon and Rome — were above 10 percent.

Statewide, 113 of Georgia's 159 counties had a jobless rate of 10 percent or higher.

The metro area and county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Earlier this month, officials announced that statewide, Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, the highest level in the past six months.

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