GA jobless rate rises to 10.1 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.1% in November, up three-tenths of a point from October.

The number of payroll jobs increased by 7,000, from 3,842,500 in October to 3,849,500 in November.

Most of the increases came in retail trade, professional and business services, and educational and health services.

The number of jobs remains 5,100 below the number in November 2009.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says the unemployment rate is up because of increases in new layoffs and in the number of long-term unemployed.

Thurmond says the long-term unemployed now account for 53.7% of the 469,702 jobless workers in Georgia.

Long-term unemployed are those who have been out of work for 27 weeks or