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Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:00am

Valdosta Jobless Rate Up

Updated: 1 year ago.
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. It was the only metro area unemployment rate to increase in November. (Photo by Joshua Stewart.)

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.