Georgia's labor department has tallied the first comprehensive employment figures for the state since last month's massive flooding --and the news was bad for areas in the hard-hit central and southern parts of the state.

In Albany, Ga.. according to labor commissioner David Poythress, joblessness soared in July to 17.7%, the highest rate in the nation among major metropolitan areas.

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