Unemployment in Ga. reaches 10.5 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor says the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to a record 10.5 percent in February.

The news was better out of Warner Robins, which reported a gain of 300 jobs from February 2009. The Warner Robins metropolitan area was the only metro area in the state to report a gain. Meanwhile, the Macon metro area reported a year-to-year loss of 2,400 jobs.

The state jobless rate is up one-tenth of a percentage point from the 10.4 percent reported in January. The February jobless rate was up 1.8 percentage points from 8.7 percent at this same time last year.

Statewide, the number of payroll jobs in February decreased by 137,500, or 3.5 percent, from February 2009. The losses came in manufacturing, construction, trade, transportation and utilities, along with professional and business services and financial industries.