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Metro Columbus' jobless rate unchanged in February

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Columbus area remained unchanged at 9.7% in February from a revised 9.7% in January.

The jobless rate in the metro Columbus area in February 2010 was 10.3%. 

The number of jobs increased by 800 and there were fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction and administrative and support services, but this was not enough to change the rate..  

Unemployment rates decreased in 20 of the state's 25 local areas, with five area rates remaining unchanged. 

At 7.7%, metro Athens recorded the state's lowest rate, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.25.  

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 10.2%, down one-tenth of a percentage point, from a revised 10.3% in January. The state's jobless rate was also 10.3% in February 2010. 

February marked the 41st consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.9%.

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