The holiday shopping season improved hiring in the Augusta metro area in November, according to statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The department said that 1,600 jobs were added in November, 1,100 of them in retail trade. An extra 800 jobs were added in the professional and business-services sector.
Partially offsetting the gains, according to state data, were declines of 400 jobs in construction and 200 jobs in manufacturing.
Jobs in the Augusta metro area – not counting self-employed – totaled 208,100. That is 1,500 fewer than in November 2011.
The state reported 24,800 people in the area working in retail in November. That is also down from 25,300 the year before
– From staff reports