Augusta jobless rate improves

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Augusta decreased to 9.3 percent in October, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.6 percent in September. The jobless rate in metro Augusta in October a year ago was 8.9 percent.

According to a news release, the rate declined because the number of jobs increased 1,000. Most of the growth was in the service-related industries such as trade, transportation, and warehousing, along with professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.

Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 7.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.7 percent.    

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