Ga. jobless rate soars

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ATLANTA - Unemployment in Georgia has soared to its highest level in 15 years.

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Wednesday that the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 6.3 percent in August. That's up almost two percentage points from the same period last year.

Also in August, the number of payroll jobs in Georgia dropped by more than 37,000 from the year before.

The national unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, and the state rate remains above the national rate for the seventh straight month. Currently, more than 310,000 unemployed Georgians are looking for work.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond urged those seeking help to visit the labor department's website or one of its 53 career centers around the state.

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Georgia Department of Labor: www.dol.state.ga.us.

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