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Written by Matt Davis on December 26, 2013. Posted in News/Weather

The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that metro Rome’s unemployment rate declined to 7.6 percent in November, marking the lowest that the rate has been since November 2008 when it was 7.3 percent.  Metro Rome’s November unemployment rate was down from 8.5 percent in October and from 9.1 percent in November 2012.

The rate decreased last month primarily due to an increase in the number of jobs and a drop in the number of unemployment insurance claims, according to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Employers in metro Rome added 100 jobs in November, resulting in an increase in the number of jobs to 39,300 from 39,200 in October.  Most of the new jobs came in trade, transportation and warehousing.

Over the year, however, jobs were down by 100 from 39,400 in November 2012.  The majority of the job losses came in education and health services.

The number of new layoffs, as represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, decreased to 416, down by 87, or 17.3 percent, from 503 in October.  Claims declined in a number of sectors, including manufacturing, retail trade, and health care and social assistance.  There were 626 claims in November 2012.

The number of unemployed people in metro Rome decreased to 3,583, down by 437 from 4,020 in October.  There were 4,441 unemployed in November 2012.

The GDOL has also reported that the unemployment rate for the Northwest Georgia region declined to 7.2 percent in November, down from 7.9 percent in October and from 8.4 percent in November 2012.

Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate declined because the number of unemployed people in the region decreased by 2,802, marking a significant improvement.  There were 29,059 unemployed residents of Northwest Georgia, down from 31,861 in October and from 34,699 in November 2012.

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

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 7.7 percent in November, the lowest since November 2008, when it was 7.6 percent.  The rate is down from 8.1 percent October and a full percentage point from 8.7 percent in November 2012.

Take a look at Georgia labor market data and learn about job search assistance from the Georgia Department of Labor online at www.gdol.ga.gov.  You can also connect with the GDOL on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @GeorgiaDOL.

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