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GA's unemployment numbers at 26 year high

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

January 22, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia's unemployment rate is up again, climbing to its highest rate in 26 years for the month of December.

The state's unemployment rate is at 8.1 percent, above the national average of 7.2 percent.

Across the state's 11 regions Albany lost the second fewest jobs. In December 800 jobs were lost. Thursday Department of Labor officials at the Career Center in Albany broke the numbers down.

"We had 500 in the retail sector, we had 200 in manufacturing, and 100 in state government in the Albany Metro area," said Sheilah Holland, Department of Labor Assistant Manager.

According to the Department of Labor Albany has 132 jobs available in their database and the Sylvester area has 44 jobs to offer. Labor officials say talking with neighbors, friends, or other church members can be a great way to get a referral on a job as well as using the career center.

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