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Jobless rate up in WR and Macon

The unemployment rate went up in January in metro Macon and Warner Robins, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in Macon rose to 10.9 percent in January, up from a revised 9.9 percent in December, according to a news release. Meanwhile the number of unemployed workers in the area increased to 12,372, up 1,265 from 11,107 in December.

In Warner Robins, the unemployment rate was at 8.1 percent in January, up from a revised 7.3 percent in December. The number of unemployed workers in the area increased to 5,695, up 578 from 5,117 in December.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate released last week was at 10.4 percent in January, topping the previous record high of 10.3 percent reported in December.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 10 percent or more in 128 counties; 9 percent to 9.9 percent in 20 counties; 8 percent to 8.9 percent in seven counties and less than 8 percent in four counties, according to the Labor Department.

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