Unemployment rate unchanged from July

11:45 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in August.

The rate is unchanged from July, when the preliminary 9.3 percent rate was revised to 9.2 percent. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent in August a year ago.

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Noting that the unemployment rate has stabilized after two months of increases, State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said, "Georgia continues to have respectable job growth, which is a good sign. While more than one-half of the monthly growth in August came from seasonal education workers returning to their jobs, what's more encouraging is the fact that the August-to-August growth in the last year is the most we've had since 2007."

Georgia has created 49,700 jobs since the 3,889,500 recorded in August 2011. The annual growth sectors were professional and business services; trade and transportation; education and health services; manufacturing; and leisure and hospitality.

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