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ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.7 percent, unchanged from December, according to the state's Department of Labor. The rate was 9.3 percent in January a year ago.

There was a loss of 47,700 mostly seasonal jobs and an increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits over the month, but the increases were not enough to impact the unemployment rate.

"The good news in this report is that we lost the fewest jobs for January since 1987," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. "And, we start the year with 79,600 more jobs in January than we had in the same period a year ago."