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Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbs to 8 percent, a slight increase over previous month

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ATLANTA — State officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has risen slightly in the past month to reach 8 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor early Thursday announced the new jobless rate for August. It was up from 7.9 percent in July and slightly higher than the 7.9 percent rate from August 2013.

Officials said that despite the increase, the number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased by about 5,900.

Among the state's metro areas, metro Athens had the lowest jobless rate at 6.4 percent.

Metro Dalton had the highest rate at 10.7 percent.

The metro area jobless numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

Statewide, Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up from a revised 7.7 percent in July.

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