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August 22, 2002

More people had jobs in every metro area in Georgia last month, including Albany. The state Department of Labor says Albany's unemployment rate fell from six point 3 percent in June to five point 4 percent in July.

 The state's unemployment rate overall fell almost one percent in one month, from 5 point 2 percent to 4 point 9 percent. Congressman Sanford Bishop said the economy is on a roller coaster ride, but improving as more Georgians find jobs.

Congressman Sanford Bishop said "Get a little more stability, people will be more hopeful for the future. There will be more investment. Plus at that point there will be more working, because people who have been laid off will be called back to work. Businesses will hire because they have more confidence in the future."

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said Albany's unemployment rate fell because food production workers returned to their work after temporary layoffs.