The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased in December. The rate in November was 7.6 percent compared to 7.4 percent in December. In December of 2012, the rate was 8.7 percent.
"The rate dropped primarily because 4,020 more Georgians were employed in December, mostly due to season hiring in retail trade, transportation and warehousing," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
Atlanta, Athens, Macon and Gainesville had the greatest percentage of job gains from December 2012 to 2013. Albany, Rome, Columbus, Savannah and Valdosta also saw an increase in employment as well. Whereas, a few metro areas suffered minimal job losses: Augusta, Dalton, Hinesville, Warner Robins and Brunswick.
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