Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the state has made significant progress repaying the federal government for loans that covered unemployment benefits in recent years. After the beginning of the recession, Georgia went more than $721 million into debt to the federal government to cover the cost of unemployment benefits.
Authorities say Social Security numbers and other information about thousands of Georgians have been inadvertently shared by a state agency. The Georgia Department of Labor says one of its employees mistakenly sent the data on 4,757 unemployed residents to about 1,000 people.
State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has risen to 8.9 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new numbers early Thursday. The 8.9 percent jobless rate for June was up seventh-tenths of a percent point, from 8.2 percent in May. That was still under the 9.3 percent rate in June a year ago.