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’s unemployment rate held steady last month at 9.2 percent, the same as July’s seasonally adjusted rate. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state’s labor force is growing as more people resume their job search and the number of jobs is increasing.
Georgia's jobless rate rose to 9.3 percent in July, which is up from 9 percent in June. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said a main reason for the increase is a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing.