Augusta jobless rate improves

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ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Augusta decreased to 8.7 percent in November, down six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.3 percent in October. The jobless rate in metro Augusta in November a year ago was 9.1 percent, he said in a news release.

The rate declined because there were fewer layoffs in construction, retail trade, and administrative and support services. Also, the labor force declined by 2,477.

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.

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