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Hundreds hiring Thursday as Ga. jobless rate rises
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Hundreds hiring Thursday as Ga. jobless rate rises

ATLANTA -- Thousands of jobseekers descended on the campus of Atlanta Metropolitan College on Atlanta's south side to attend a day-long job fair hosted by U.S. Representatives John Lewis and Hank Johnson.

Coca-Cola, Comcast and Gwinnett County Schools were among nearly 100 companies looking to hire at the fair at the fair, which ended at 5 p.m.

Traffic for the Congressional Black Caucus job fair stretched for blocks around the campus, and fire/rescue officials said at least eight people suffered from heat-related illnesses while waiting in line. 

People were not permitted to enter the campus for the job fair after about 2:30 p.m., according to the Atlanta Fire Department's Jolyon Bundridge.

Before the day even started, registration was full for another job fair at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. More than 150 companies were represented at the Gwinnett Business Expo and Job Fair. The event, sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center, also ended at 5 p.m. 

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The job fairs came on the heels of new unemployment numbers, announced Thursday morning.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.9 percent in June and the same as a year earlier, according to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Butler said the increase was due primarily to seasonal layoffs, with about 80 percent of them in state and local education.

Georgia lost 30,200 jobs in July, as total jobs dropped eight-tenths of a percentage point to 3,789,600. In addition to 24,500 jobs lost in government and education, business services lost 2,200, while construction lost 1,800. Butler said there were 28,400 fewer jobs this July than a year ago.

Manufacturing jobs, however, increased by 1,400.

The number of long-term unemployed workers increased for the first time in five months, up 600 to 251,100.

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