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GA jobless rate rises to 8.1%

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ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has risen to 8.1%.

The new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was announced Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The 8.1% rate was up from a revised 7.7% rate in July. It was slightly lower than the 8.2% rate in August of 2013.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement that Georgia has experienced good job growth, and called the August jobless rate "somewhat questionable."

Butler said Georgia labor officials have spoken with the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, which compiles data to determine state unemployment rates. Butler said federal officials cited "volatility" in the monthly numbers.

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