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GA unemployment drops to lowest point since 2008

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The Georgia Department of Labor released the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate Thursday.

It decreased to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest point since November 2008, when it was 7.6 percent. The rate is down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in October, and a full percentage point from 8.7 percent in November a year ago.

"The rate is down because of strong job growth and a very good drop in new claims for unemployment insurance benefits," State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said. "The number of new jobs is the best October to November growth since 2007 and the number of new claims is the lowest for any month since September 2007. Both of these numbers pre-date the recession."

The number of jobs increased by 19,500, or 0.5 percent, from 4,076,000 in October to 4,095,500 in November, the most jobs in Georgia since September 2008.

Growth came mostly in trade, transportation and warehousing with 14,700 new jobs. Government added 2,000; financial services, 1,700; construction and education and health care, 1,500 each; manufacturing, 1,000; and information services, 900, along with 100 in other services.

The gains came in professional and business services, 27,400; leisure and hospitality, 20,500; education and health services, 18,600; trade, transportation and warehousing, 16,500; construction, 13,100; and financial services, 5,900. Government has lost 6,900 jobs in the past year.

The number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, decreased to 33,781, down by 6,351, or 15.8 percent, from 40,132 in October. Claims declined in several sectors, including manufacturing, 1,800; professional, scientific and technical services, 825; administrative and support services, 700; retail trade, 650; health care and social assistance, 600; transportation and warehousing, 300; and construction, 250. There were 47,351 claims in November 2012.

The overall number of unemployed Georgians decreased to 363,055, down by 20,322 from 383,377 in October. This is the fewest unemployed Georgians since October 2008 when there were 346,852. There were 420,382 unemployed residents in November 2012. 

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