Unemployment across the state declined again last month as more and more Georgians are headed back to work.
The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 to 9.0 percent for September. The rate was 9.8 percent a year ago.
"The unemployment rate dropped in September because Georgia had the fewest new claims for unemployment insurance benefits in five years, since before the start of the Great Recession," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
Those claims were down by 6,161 to 39,564, which is the fewest since 32,139 were filed in September 2007. The decline was primarily in administrative and support services, retail trade, health care and social assistance, educational services, and accommodations and food services, according to the DOL.
Growth was seen over the last year in professional and business services, trade, transportation, and warehousing, education and health care, as well as other fields, Butler said.
Butler also cited improvement in the state's manufacturing industry.
"Last month's gain in manufacturing jobs was the largest over-the-month gain that we've seen for this time period since 1994," he said.
The DOL also announced the number of long-term unemployed workers was down for the fifth consecutive month, declining 8,400 from August to 208,800 in September.
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