Georgia has highest unemployment rate in nation

Georgia is No. 1 — and not in a good way.

The state’s unemployment rate in August — 8.1 percent — was the highest among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a list released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

On Thursday, the state labor department reported that Georgia’s jobless rate jumped from 7.7 percent in July to 8.1 percent.

In July, Georgia had the second worst jobless rate next to Mississippi. But Mississippi’s rate slipped to 7.9 percent in August.

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