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Columbus' unemployment rate rises to 9.8% in January

From the Georgia Department of Labor

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Columbus area increased to 9.8% in January, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.4% in December.

The jobless rate in the metro Columbus area in January 2010 was 10.2%. 

The rate increased because of layoffs in retail trade, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.     

Unemployment rates increased in all areas of the state in January except in metro Warner Robins, where the rate remained steady. Of the 25 local areas, metro Warner Robins had the lowest January jobless rate at 7.8%, while the highest rate was in metro Dalton at 13.0%.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 10.4% in January, once again hitting the state's all-time high. The state's jobless rate was also 10.4% in January 2010.

January marked the 40th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0%.

Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at 

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