Southwest Georgia's unemployment rate unchanged in February

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia area remained unchanged at 10.5 percent in February, from a revised 10.5 percent in January. The jobless rate in the Southwest Georgia area in February 2010 was 11.2 percent.

February unemployment rates for the Albany Metroploitan Area (MSA) were as follows: Dougherty County - 11.5 percent, Lee County - 8 percent, Baker County - 9.5 percent, Terrell County - 11.6 percent and Worth County - 11.8 percent.

Unemployment rates decreased in 20 of the state's 25 local areas, with five area rates remaining unchanged. At 7.7 percent, metro Athens recorded the state's lowest rate, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.2 percent.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 10.2 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point, from a revised 10.3 percent in January. The state's jobless rate was also 10.3 percent in February 2010.

February marked the 41st consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.9 percent.