Valdosta is the lone metro area in Georgia posting a higher local unemployment rate for November, according to new numbers released Thursday morning by the state labor department.
Valdosta’s jobless rate crept up a tenth of a point to 8.2 percent. Labor officials attributed that to new layoffs and new people searching for work.
The Columbus area saw the largest jobless-rate drop last month – down four-tenths to 8.3 percent.
Athens’ lowest-in-the-state rate held steady at 6.2 percent.
The state’s overall unemployment rate in November fell to 8.5 percent.