Ga. jobless rate declines slightly

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ATLANTA  - The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent in May.

The rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.3 percent in April, but the jobless rate remains seven-tenths of a percentage point higher than the 9.5 percent at this same time last year.

It's also the 32nd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is 9.7 percent.

In May, 225,700 Georgians had been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. That figure represents an increase of 132,800 from the 92,900 long-term unemployed in May 2009.

Georgia's job market showed a modest improvement for the fourth consecutive month. The number of payroll jobs in May increased by 24,700 to 3,843,400.

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