Friday, October 16, 2020 3:57 PM EST
By JEFF AMY, AP
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s economic recovery from the pandemic sputtered in September, with the unemployment rate raising and employers adding few jobs. The jobless rate rose to 6.4%, up from 5.7% in August. More people flooded back into the labor force, but fewer people reported having jobs. The slowdown means Georgia’s job market remains much weaker than before COVID-19 caused many businesses to lay off workers. The figures, released Thursday, show the number of unemployed Georgians rose to nearly 317,000 in September. Last week, 53,000 Georgians filed new unemployment claims, up from 45,000 the week before.