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Jobless rate rises to 8 percent in Hall County
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ATLANTA — The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Gainesville rose to 8 percent in December, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in November, the Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

The jobless rate in metro Gainesville, which includes all of Hall County, was 8.8 percent in December 2010.

The rate increased because there were fewer employed residents and the number of jobs declined by 200, 100 each in state government and private service-related industries.

The rate in the Georgia Mountains area rose to 8.4 percent in December, up from 8.1 percent in November. The jobless rate in the Georgia Mountains area in December a year ago was 9.1 percent.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in December for the third straight month, dropping to 9.7 percent, down from a revised 9.8 percent in November. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in December a year ago.

The state rate declined because 11,500 Georgians went back to work in December. Statewide, there were 600 new construction jobs, and manufacturing grew by 400 jobs. Job gains also came in information services and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens and Warner Robins had the lowest area rates at 7.3 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.1 percent.

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