The department said Thursday that the previous record in Georgia was a revised 8.5 percent in January.
The February jobless rate was up 3.9 percent from 5.4 percent at this same time last year. Georgia's unemployment rate remained above the national rate of 8.1 percent for the 16th consecutive month.
The department says 445,498 unemployed Georgians are now looking for work, an increase of 69.2 percent over the year.
It says the number of payroll jobs in February decreased 189,800, or 4.6 percent, from February 2008.