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Georgia unemployment rate drops slightly

January 23, 2004

(Atlanta-AP) -- The state Labor Department says Georgia's unemployment rate fell to four percent last month as the number of jobs increased for the fifth straight month.

The work force also decreased, which the department says is unusual as historically the state has an increase in jobs between November and December because of holiday hiring.

The modest, 200-job increase also contradicted historical trends because holiday hiring typically leads to a large increase in jobs. In November, the unemployment rate was four-point-one percent.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement today that a higher job creation rate is needed to sustain a solid economic recovery.

He is urging President Bush and Congress to extend unemployment benefits for many long-term jobless workers.

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