Ga. unemployment rate hits 10.2 percent

ATLANTA - Georgia officials say the state's unemployment rate has risen slightly and now stands at 10.2 percent.

The state Department of Labor says the rate rose by one-tenth of a point in October, and the seasonally adjusted rate now matches the national average.

Statistics indicate the Augusta area lost 5,600 jobs between October 2008 and October 2009. The area presently has more than 209,000 jobs, down from just over 215,300 last year, for a 2.3 percent decline.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says the state's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent a year ago, and the state's labor force decreased by about 139,000 while the number of payroll jobs fell by more than 200,000.

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