Columbus' unemployment rate climbs to 9.6 percent

Metro Columbus’ preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate for the month of October came in at 9.6 percent — an increase from September’s revised rate of 9.5 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor said the number of jobless people in the area climbed 151 from 12,071 in September.

A year ago, the metro Columbus unemployment rate stood at 7.1 percent for October. There were 9,113 unemployed workers then.

Still, Columbus has fared better than the state. Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed to 10.2 percent in October, compared to 10.1 percent in September. This was the first time in two years the state’s rate has matched the national rate of 10.2 percent. Since October 2007, it has exceeded the national rate.