ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Georgia's jobless rate rose to 10.2% in August, the highest level in the past six months.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.1% in July.

State officials said that Georgia's jobless rate was also 10.2% in August a year ago.

Butler said in a statement that the jobless numbers increased because about 5,500 new job seekers, as well as more of those already unemployed, were unable to find work.

August marked the 49th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is 9.1%.

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