State labor officials said Thursday morning that Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate declined to 8.5 percent in November. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that is the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly four years, since it was 8.5 percent in January 2009.
Georgia labor officials say unemployment rates in the state's metro areas ranged from 12.1 percent in Dalton to 7.8 in Athens and Warner Robins. The jobless rate in a half-dozen metro areas — Albany, Atlanta, Brunswick, Dalton, Macon and Rome — were above 10 percent.
The state’s labor department has put-out the latest numbers on metro jobless rates for the month of July. In Savannah, unemployment fell slightly, as it did in Gainesville and in Columbus. But the jobless mark rose in Rome.
The Georgia Department of Labor reports that metro unemployment rates rose throughout the state in June. The figures are not seasonally adjusted, and Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that layoffs among non-contract school employees and the addition of students to the labor force drove unemployment figures higher.