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Georgia's jobless rate rises in December

January 23, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- The state Department of Labor says Georgia's unemployment rate rose slightly in December.

The rate last month was 4.6%, up from 4.4% in November. The state's jobless rate was 4.3% in December 2001.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said the rate rose because of December layoffs and because new job creation did not keep pace with the number of workers entering the work force.

The department did not release December unemployment rates for Georgia's metropolitan areas today. Those figures will be released next week.

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