Unemployment rate up slightly in October

The state unemployment rate rose slightly to 10.2 percent in October, up from a revised 10.1 percent in September, the Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

The October jobless rate was up 3.3 percentage points from 6.9 percent for the same time last year, according to a news release. Georgia’s unemployment rate matched the national rate of 10.2 percent for the first time in two years. Since October 2007, Georgia’s rate has been higher than the national rate.

The number of jobs in Macon’s metropolitan area for October was at 97,100, down by 5.2 percent from 102,400 jobs in October 2008, the release stated. The number of jobs in the Warner Robins metropolitan area in October was at 57,300, down by 3.1 percent from 59,100 jobs in October 2008.

Statewide, the number of jobs last month decreased 227,700 or 5.6 percent, from October 2008. Most of the losses were in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, professional and business services and construction, the release said. Education and health services added 13,200 jobs over the year.