Georgia unemployment rate down to 7.7%

healthcare-employmentSource: Carla Caldwell/Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.7 percent in November after strong job growth and a drop in new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

The rate is down from 8.1 percent in October and 8.7 percent in November 2012.

The number of jobs increased by 19,500 to 4,095,500 in November — the most jobs in Georgia since September 2008.

“The number of new jobs is the best October to November growth since 2007 and the number of new claims is the lowest for any month since September 2007. Both of these numbers pre-date the recession.”

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