Thu., December 22, 2011 7:57am (EST)

New Jobless Numbers Dip
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Dalton leads the state in unemployment. Georgia's 9.9 percent rate in November compares to 10.4 percent a year ago. (Photo By Edgar Treiguts.)
Dalton leads the state in unemployment. Georgia's 9.9 percent rate in November compares to 10.4 percent a year ago. (Photo By Edgar Treiguts.)
More detailed unemployment data from the state labor department shows the Dalton area has the highest jobless rate at 11.8 percent.

Metro Athens posted the lowest unemployment rate in November at 6.9 percent.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler earlier reported that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November fell to 9.9 percent, the largest one-month decline since 1977.

Official say the state's unemployment rate dropped because of an increase of more than 22,000 jobs. Retail, financial and business services, and education and health care all showed growth.

Georgia's 9.9 percent rate compares to 10.4 percent in November a year ago.

The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Other metro area unemployment figures:


Albany – 9.7 percent


Athens – 6.9 percent


Atlanta – 9.2 percent


Augusta – 8.7 percent


Brunswick – 9.7 percent


Columbus – 8.6 percent


Dalton – 11.8 percent


Gainesville – 7.7 percent


Hinesville-Ft. Stewart – 8.9 percent


Macon – 9.4 percent


Rome – 10.4 percent


Savannah – 8.4 percent


Valdosta – 8.6 percent


Warner-Robins – 7.2 percent


Contributors: GPB's Joshua Stewart contributed to this report.