ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Columbus rose to 10.4% in January, up 1.0 percentage point from a revised 9.4% in December.
Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area increased to 13,377, up 1,319 from 12,058 in December.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.4% in January, topping the previous record high of 10.3 % reported in December.
This marks the 28th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national seasonally adjusted rate, which was 9.7%.
The state's January jobless rate was up 2.0 percentage points from 8.4 percent at this same time last year. The jobless rate in metro Columbus in January 2009 was 8.3%