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Columbus adds 700 jobs; Georgia jobless rate rises

The Columbus metro area added 700 jobs in February, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

In fact, virtually every major metro area in the state added to their work force despite a slight uptick in Georgia's overall unemployment rate.

The state's jobless rate rose from 5.1 percent in January to 5.3 percent in February, the department said. The rate is a full 1 percent higher than a year ago.

The unemployment rate in Columbus in January was 5.8 percent. The Labor Department has yet to issue February numbers.

Georgia added 16,500 jobs overall. The unemployment rate climbed because the number of people without jobs rose by 7,086 at the same 5,152 residents left the job market, the department said.

Here are the 11 metro areas in the state and their work force changes from January to February. They include employees who hold more than one job:

— Albany, up 400, from 64,000 to 64,400.

— Athens, up 700, from 82,300 to 83,000.

— Atlanta, up 7,800, from 2,454,900 to 2,462,700.

— Augusta, up 600, from 216,300 to 216,900.

— Columbus, up 700, from 120,600 to 121,300.

— Dalton, up 600, from 77,100 to 77,700.

— Gainesville, up 300, from 76,600 to 76,900.

— Macon, up 400, from 99,900 to 100,300.

— Savannah, up 900, from 160,200 to 161,100.

— Valdosta, up 500, from 55,800 to 56,300.

— Warner Robins, up 400, from 58,800 to 59,200.

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