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Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 5:45am

Ga. Jobless Rate Falls To 9%

Georgia’s unemployment rate fell back to 9 percent in September, a drop of two-tenths of a point.

“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 Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Butler said the manufacturing sector, in particular, is looking healthier.

“We’re actually seeing the highest number of manufacturing jobs that we’ve seen in pretty close to five years,” he said. “Matter of fact, last month’s manufacturing gains were the largest over-the-month gains that we’ve seen for this time period since 1994.”

The September report shows a larger labor force and fewer workers without a job for more than six months.

Butler predicted slow but steady employment growth for Georgia in the coming months.

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