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State jobless rate tops 10 percent
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ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor reports that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10 percent in August.
The rate reported on Thursday is one-tenth of a percentage point higher than a revised 9.9 percent in July, primarily because of layoffs in retail trade and construction. The rate was also 10 percent in August 2009.
The department says the number of payroll jobs increased by 17,800 but remained below the level of a year ago.
Labor Department figures show the number of long-term unemployed decreased by more than 10,000 last month to 220,000, but
is about 87,000 more than a year earlier. People who have been out of work for 27 weeks or more are considered long-term unemployed.

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