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September 22--  The 17 counties which make up the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had an unemployment rate of 12.7 percent in August, he highest area rate in the state

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha was unchanged at 12.7 percent from July to August. The jobless rate in the area in August a year ago was 12.4 percent.

The lowest area rates, at 7.8 percent, were recorded in Athens and Warner Robins.  

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.1 percent in July. The state’s jobless rate was also 10.2 percent in August a year ago. The increase is because about 5,500 new job seekers, as well as more of those already unemployed, were unable to find work.

August marked the 49th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, unchanged from July.  

Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us