published Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Georgia jobless rate lowest in nearly 4 years

Georgia’s jobless rate fell to the lowest point in almost four years in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent last month, down from 8.7 percent in October. The rate was 9.5 percent in November a year ago.

“This is the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly four years, since it was 8.5 percent in January 2009,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Once again, the rate dropped because of continued job growth and fewer new layoffs.”

The number of jobs increased to 3,9 million, up by 9,600 from October. The monthly growth came mostly in trade, transportation, and warehousing, educational services, information services, local government, financial services, and manufacturing, according to the department.

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