Georgia Department of Labor -- Georgia Unemployment has risen to match a record high.
The Georgia Department of Labor reports the December 2009 unemployment rate for the state was 10.3%, matching the record high rate reported last July. This is up .2% from November's 10.1% unemployment rate and up 2.8% from December 2008.
The national unemployment rate is 10.0%. Georgia's unemployment rate has been higher than the national rate for 24 of the last 25 months. Since the recession began in December 2007, Georgia's workforce has shrunk by 121,257 or 2.5 percent, from 4,823,467 to 4,702,210.
The number of payroll jobs in December decreased 175,000, or 4.3 percent, from December of 2008. The metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of job losses during the same period are Dalton, down 6.0 percent; Valdosta, down 5.8 percent and Macon, down 5.5 percent.