The unemployment rate for metro Augusta tumbled to 8.7 percent in November, down from 9.3 percent in October.
The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the rate declined because there were fewer layoffs in construction, retail trade, and administrative and support services.
Producing the lower rate was a combination of 2,477 fewer people looking for work, which lowers the labor force, and 1,744 fewer unemployed.
Despite a drop in the number of people with jobs compared to October, there were 1,000 more people employed in November than a year ago.
The jobless rate in the six-county Augusta area in November 2010 was 9.1 percent.
Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 6.9 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.8 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had its largest one-month decline since 1977, falling to 9.9 percent from 10.2 percent in October. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in November a year ago.
The state rate dropped because of an increase of 22,400 jobs. In addition to retail trade, growth also came in financial and business services and education and health care.