Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate increases to 8 percent

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ATLANTA — State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has risen to 8 percent.

The new rate for July -- up from 7.5. percent in June -- was announced early Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Georgia labor officials say the increase is mostly due to seasonal factors, such as temporary layoffs in educational services and manufacturing. They say that most of the laid-off workers have returned to their jobs.

Elsewhere in Georgia, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest unemployment rate at 11.4 percent. The local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted.

Statewide, Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June.

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