5:12 am January 28, 2010, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in December, up from a revised 10.0 percent in November, the state labor department reported Thursday.
The number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased 3,252 to reach 269,422 in December, the labor department said.
In December 2008, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent.
Metro Atlanta lost 105,300 payroll jobs from December 2008 to December 2009.
For comparison, the state’s previously reported unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in December.
The national unemployment rate is 10.0 percent. For 25 of the last 26 months, Georgia’s unemployment rate has exceeded the national unemployment rate.
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