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Unemployment up in Macon and Warner Robins

The unemployment rate in metro Macon rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 7.1 percent in October, up from 4.9 percent for the same period in 2007, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Wednesday.

From September to October, the jobless rate in metro Macon rose to 7.1 percent in October from a revised 6.7 percent in September.

The unemployment rate in metro Warner Robins rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 5.8 percent in October, up from 4.1 for the same period in 2007. The jobless rate in metro Warner Robins rose three-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 5.5 percent in September.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7 percent in October — the highest rate in more than 16 years for the state— up from 4.5 percent last year, the release stated. Currently, 343,093 unemployed Georgians are looking for work.

Benefit recipients who have already exhausted their claims and meet eligibility requirements will receive written information on how to apply for extended benefits, the release stated. People who are currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits and exhaust their claims should continue to certify each week. They will automatically be enrolled for the extended benefits. For additional information about extended benefits, visit www.dol.state.ga.us, or call (866) 873-5676.

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