Georgia's unemployment rate unchanged for September

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate did not change in September compared to the month before, the Georgia Department of Labor reported this week.

September’s unemployment rate came in at 10.1 percent. This is the 23rd consecutive month that the state’s rate was above the national rate, which was 9.8 percent last month.

The labor department also said the number of payroll jobs in September fell 237,000, or 5.8 percent, compared to September 2008.

The Columbus area lost jobs during the same period, but is one of Georgia’s metropolitan areas with the smallest percentage of job losses.

The Columbus area lost 2,800 jobs — or a 2.3 percent loss — in September compared to the same time last year.

The areas with the highest percentage of job losses include Dalton (down 8.4 percent), Rome (down 6.2 percent) and Atlanta (down 5.9 percent.)

Over-the-year losses came in manufacturing, trade, construction and administrative support services.