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State's jobless rate ticks up slightly in April
Labor chief says Georgia's labor market may be stabilizing
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ATLANTA — Georgia reported a 9.3 percent unemployment rate in April, almost unchanged from the previous two months.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said Thursday the numbers suggest Georgia's labor market "may be beginning to stabilize."

But he cautioned that it's too soon to say for sure.

Georgia remained above the national unemployment rate of 8.9 percent for the 18th consecutive month.

The 9.3 percent seasonally adjusted rate state officials reported on Thursday inched up slightly from 9.2 percent in March and February.

Currently, 446,560 unemployed Georgians are looking for work, an increase of 60 percent from April 2008. Of that number, 167,981, or 37.6 percent, are receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

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