Georgia's jobless rate up slightly to 8.3%

Georgia's jobless rate up slightly to 8.3%

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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia labor officials say the state's unemployment rate increased to 8.3% in May.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the seasonally adjusted rate early Thursday, saying it was up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.2% in April.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement that the rate increased because more job seekers entered the labor force looking for work. He said there was also a slight increase in layoffs, many of which were temporary.

The May jobless rate was down eight-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1% in May a year ago.

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