Georgia's unemployment rate drops to 8.7 percent

Georgia's unemployment rate drops to 8.7 percent

September 19th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

ATLANTA - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 8.7 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor early this morning announced the new figure, which is the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for August.

It is down from 8.8 percent in July.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the main reason the rate dropped is that Georgia had a significant reduction in layoffs -- the fewest since September 2007. Also, the state saw a small increase in the number of jobs.