Columbus-metro jobless rate declines to 8.6% in Nov. -, GA News Weather & Sports

Columbus-metro jobless rate declines to 8.6% in Nov.

From the Georgia Department of Labor 

COLUMBUS, GA - The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Columbus decreased to 8.6% in November, down eight-tenths of a percentage point from 9.4% in October. The jobless rate in metro Columbus in November a year ago was 9.5%.

The rate declined because the number of jobs increased by 1,200. Most of the growth was in the private service-related industries, such as trade, transportation and warehousing and leisure and hospitality.          

Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 6.9%, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.8%.

Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had its largest one-month decline since 1977, falling to 9.9% from 10.2% in October. The jobless rate was 10.4% in November a year ago.

The state rate dropped because of an increase of 22,400 jobs.  In addition to retail trade, growth also came in financial and business services and education and health care.

Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

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