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This story was updated Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, at 6 p.m. with more information.

The Dalton area's unemployment rate fell in November by 0.8 percentage points to settle at 3.6% as the state set an all-time record low mark for the month, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler reported Thursday.

A year ago, the rate was 4.3% in the two-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA) that includes Whitfield and Murray counties.

Georgia's unemployment rate fell in November by 0.1 percentage points to 3.3%, Butler's office said. That rate is the lowest in the month since the federal government began keeping records in 1976.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell in November to 3.5%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points. The nation also grew its labor force by 40,000, increased employment by 83,000 and added more 266,000 jobs.

"This November we had great job numbers across the board," Butler said. "The state had an all-time low unemployment rate and many of our local communities set records too. We hit records across all the major indicators."

Rates fell across all of Georgia's 14 MSAs, the department reported. Eleven set or tied a record for lowest rate ever.

 

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