State unemployment hits high set last year

The unemployment rate for Georgia was at 10.4 percent in January -- once again hitting the all-time high set in January 2010.

The rate was up slightly from the seasonally adjusted rate of 10.2 percent in December, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor.

“Georgia’s job market for the past year has basically been flat,” Commissioner Mark Butler said in the release. “Although the rate dipped to 10 percent temporarily last summer, for the past seven months it has trended upward.

Other troubling signs are that in the same 12-month period, the number of jobs has shown a minuscule increase, while the number of long-term unemployed has increased significantly.”

January marked the 40th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9 percent, down from 9.7 percent in January 2010.

“Our economic recovery appears to lag the nation as a whole,” Butler said.

In January, there were 3.77 million payroll jobs in Georgia, up by 2,200 from January 2010, the release stated. There was a decrease of 68,800 jobs from 3.84 million held in December.

In Macon, the number of jobs increased by 1,600 to 94,900 in January compared with the same period last year. In Warner Robins, the number of jobs increased by 100 to 59,200 in January compared with January 2010.

Statewide, in January there were 262,700 long-term unemployed Georgians, which are those who have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer, according to the release. This represents an increase of 84,100, or 47.1 percent, from 178,600 in January 2010, and an increase of 3,500, or 1.4 percent, from 259,200 in December.