Georgia sees small improvement in unemployment

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ATLANTA – Georgia’s unemployment rate rose a little bit last month to 3.3%, up 1/10 of a point from the revised unemployment rate of 3.2% the state posted in July, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Still, the state’s August unemployment rate was 1/2 lower than the national unemployment rate of 3.8%.

The number of jobs, the number of employed Georgians, and the state’s [.fow1-1]labor[.fow1-1] force were all the highest ever.

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economic
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to do with money, business, and the overall wealth of an area
Economic growth means an area like Georgia is becoming richer.
sector
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“Georgia’s [.fow1-1]labor[.fow1-1] [force] continues to [be very strong],” state Commissioner of Labor Bruce Thompson said Thursday. “While we saw a [small] increase in the unemployment rate for August, our state remains [ready] for [[.fow2-1]economic[.fow2-1]] growth.”

Job numbers last month in the private education and health services, leisure and hospitality (hotels, restaurants, etc.), and financial services [.fow2-2]sectors[.fow2-2] reached record numbers.

Initial unemployment applications fell by 20% last month to 25,272. First-time unemployment applications over the last year were down by 6%. In July, there were more than 112,000 jobs posted online.

economic
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to do with money, business, and the overall wealth of an area
Economic growth means an area like Georgia is becoming richer.
sector
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an area of an economy that includes many types of similar jobs
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