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Metro Columbus' unemployment rate declined to 7.6 percent in November

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The Georgia Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that metro Columbus' unemployment rate decreased to 7.6 percent in November 2013, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent the previous month.

This is the lowest the rate has been since it was 7.1 percent in November 2008. The rate was also 8.3 percent in November a year ago.

According to the Georgia DOL, the rate declined in November is primarily a result of the number of jobs increasing, and the number of unemployed people decreasing.

Metro Columbus employers added 900 jobs in November, increasing the number of jobs to 121,200, up by 0.8 percent, from 120,300 in October. Most of the new jobs were added in trade, transportation and warehousing, finance and insurance, and other service-related industries.

Over the past year, jobs were up by 500, or 0.4 percent, from 120,700 in November 2012. The job gains came mostly in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, financial services, and retail trade. 

The number of unemployed people in Columbus decreased to 9,778, down by 862 from 10,640 in October. There were 10,973 unemployed in November 2012.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10 percent. 

Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent in October. The rate was 8.7 percent in November a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us

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