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Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:00am

Valdosta Jobless Rate Up

Valdosta is the lone metro area in Georgia posting a higher local unemployment rate for November, according to new numbers released Thursday morning by the state labor department.

Valdosta’s jobless rate crept up a tenth of a point to 8.2 percent. Labor officials attributed that to new layoffs and new people searching for work.

The Columbus area saw the largest jobless-rate drop last month – down four-tenths to 8.3 percent.

Athens’ lowest-in-the-state rate held steady at 6.2 percent.

The state’s overall unemployment rate in November fell to 8.5 percent.