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      Metro Albany unemployment increases

      The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Albany increased to 10.8 percent in September, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The jobless rate in metro Albany one year ago was also 10.8 percent.

      They says the rate increased one-tenth of a percent from August of this year because of a loss of 400 jobs and layoffs in fields including construction, educational services and health care.

      The lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Athens and Warner Robins at eight percent; the highest was recorded at 12.5 percent in metro Dalton.

      Also for September, Southwest Georgia TMs preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate remains unchanged from August at 10.3 percent.

      Across the state, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rose to 10.3 percent because of lost jobs and new job seekers unable to find work. This rate is up one-tenth of a percentage point from August.

      The Department of Labor says the number of jobs in Georgia decreased 15,100 " or four-tenths of a percentage point " from August. They say most of the loss was among seasonal workers in leisure and hospitality.

      September is the 50th consecutive month Georgia exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.