Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in December, from a revised 10 percent in November, the state labor department said Thursday.
December was the 39th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is 9.4 percent.
“The increase in unemployment and job loss in December is continued evidence that Georgia’s job market is fragile,” new state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, who took office earlier this month, said in a statement. “In the coming months, we will work closely with Georgia’s employers, private and public sector economic developers, and the General Assembly to spur existing business expansion and to attract new industry to our state.”
In December, the number of payroll jobs decreased six-tenths of a percentage point from November, and now totals 3,827,200, the labor department said.
Most of the decline came in construction, leisure and hospitality, the public schools, professional and business services, and
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