Georgia's jobless rate hits 10.1 percent in November

ATLANTA – Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in November, up from 9.8 percent in October, according to data released Thursday from the Georgia Dept. of Labor.

The preliminary October rate of 9.9 percent reported in November has been revised downward by one-tenth of a percentage point. This is the 38th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.8 percent, according to labor department data.

In November, the number of payroll jobs increased by 7,000, or two-tenths of a percentage point. Most of the increases were in retail trade, professional and business services and educational and health services.

"The unemployment rate is up because of increases in new layoffs and in the number of long-term unemployed," said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, in a statement. "Georgia's economy must have sustained job growth in the private sector. I encourage job seekers and employers to consider utilizing Georgia Work$ as a means to secure a new job and to reduce the costs and risks of hiring new employees." 

The Georgia Work$ program allows unemployed job seekers who register with the department of labor to receive training from participating employers for 24 hours per week for up to six weeks. They will also receive a stipend of up to $600 to off-set work-related expenses. For more information, go to or call 877.WORKS09.

In November, there were 252,200 long-term unemployed who have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. That is up 4.8 percent October and an increase 59.8 percent over November 2009. The long-term unemployed make up 53.7 percent of the 469,702 jobless workers in Georgia.

Also, 67,714 laid-off workers filed initial claims for jobless benefits in November, which is up 17.8 from 57,494 in October. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, trade, administrative and support services, and construction.

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