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Georgia unemployment unchanged in May

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Unemployment in Georgia was remained the same from April to May, the state Department of Labor said Thursday.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.9 percent, which is the first time in 10 months that the jobless rate did not decline. A year ago the rate was 9.8 percent. 

The good news, Butler said, was that there are 34,000 more jobs for Georgians now than there were a year ago.

"Although the unemployment rate held steady, we now have the fewest jobless workers receiving unemployment insurance benefits since the start of the recession in 2007, and the numbers of new layoffs and long-term unemployed are down," said Butler. 

The number of jobs increased to 3,944,900 in May, which is the most since December 2008. Growth was seen in trade, transportation, and warehousing, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing,  education and health care, and construction. The only industry losing jobs were those in government, which lost 1,300 jobs, Butler said. 

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