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March 1, 2007
Ga. D.O.L. Press Release

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the state's unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent in January, up three-tenths of one percent from 4.4 percent in December. The state's January rate was three-tenths of one percent lower than the U.S. unadjusted rate of 5.0 percent.

The state's jobless rate rose because Georgia added 15,349 people to the unemployment rolls, as an additional 19,158 dropped out of the labor force.

Also, from December to January, Georgia lost 63,500 payroll jobs primarily in manufacturing, construction, trade, and services, mostly due to seasonal factors. The 14 metro areas of the state and their job losses include:

- Albany, down 1,100, or 1.7 percent, from 65,400 to 64,300.

- Athens, down 2,000, or 2.4 percent, from 83,100 to 81,100.

- Atlanta, down 38,600, or 1.6 percent, from 2,434,000 to 2,395,400.

- Augusta, down 2,200, or 1.0 percent, from 216,000 to 213,800.

- Brunswick, down 300, or seven-tenths of one percent, from 45,800 to 45,500.

- Columbus, down 1,500, or 1.2 percent, from 123,300 to 121,800.

- Dalton, down 1,600, or 2.0 percent, from 80,000 to 78,400.

- Gainesville, down 1,700, or 2.3 percent, from 74,900 to 73,200.

- Hinesville, down 300, or 1.6 percent, from 18,400 to 18,100.

- Macon, down 1,600, or 1.6 percent, from 101,100 to 99,500.

- Rome, down 700, or 1.5 percent, from 45,300 to 44,600.

- Savannah, down 2,900, or 1.8 percent, from 159,400 to 156,500.

- Valdosta, down 800, or 1.4 percent, from 56,100 to 55,300.

- Warner Robins, down 800, or 1.4 percent, from 57,500 to 56,700.

Georgia labor market data are not seasonally adjusted and are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.