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Georgia unemployment rate rises in September

The unemployment rate in Georgia rose slightly in September, the Georgia Department of Labor reports.

The state's jobless rate inched up from 4.5 percent in August to 4.6 percent in September, the agency said.

It attributed the decline to about 6,000 more people being added to the unemployment rolls, while just over 23,000 job seekers entered the work force.

During the same period, Georgia lost 800 payroll jobs. Columbus overall saw a 400-job decline in its work force, falling from 123,400 to 123,000, the agency said.

Here are the state's 14 metro areas and the work force changes from August to September:

• Albany, up 400, from 65,500 to 65,900.



• Athens, up 400, from 83,300 to 83,700.



• Atlanta, up 4,900, from 2,460,800 to 2,465,700.



• Augusta, down 100, from 215,000 to 214,900.



• Brunswick, down 700, from 46,300 to 45,600.



• Columbus, down 400, from 123,400 to 123,000.



• Dalton, down 400, from 80,500 to 80,100.



• Gainesville, up 400, from 76,000 to 76,400.



• Hinesville, down 100, from 19,000 to 18,900.



• Macon, up 200, from 101,300 to 101,500.



• Rome, down 100, from 44,900 to 44,800.



• Savannah, up 100, from 161,300 to 161,400.



• Valdosta, up 300, from 56,200 to 56,500.



• Warner Robins, up 300, from 58,800 to 59,100.



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