ATLANTA (WAOK)-The economic news is not getting any better in Georgia. Unemployment figures for the month of July released today show that Georgia’s unemployment rate continues to exceed national figures. The state labor department reports the unemployment rate in July rose to 10.1 percent and marked the 48th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.

Labor department officials attribute the July increase to traditional seasonal layoffs, with about 80 percent of them in state and local education. Georgia lost 30,200 jobs in July.

Between 3000 and 5000 people braved 90 degree temperatures today in an effort to get hired by one of over 90 employers who participated in a job fair sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and Georgia Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson.

A spokesman for Congressman Johnson said organizers were hopeful that everyone would get an interview before the end of the day.

By midday, organizers were handing out bottled water and rescue workers were summoned when several people fell ill from the heat and were taken to the hospital.

Congressman Lewis said he would continue to push for “millions and billions of dollars to create jobs, to put people back to work.” Congressman Johnson said it’s time for corporations to stop making “tremendous profits by operating overseas and take jobs out of the country.”

Another job fair took place at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. More than 1,000 people had preregistered for the event, sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

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