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Written by Elizabeth Davis on December 21, 2011. Posted in News/Weather

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Rome dropped to 10.4 percent in November, down from 11.1 percent in October.  Metro Rome’s jobless rate stood at 10.7 percent in November 2010.

The rate declined due to an increase of 300 jobs.  The majority of the growth came in the private service-related industries, such as trade, transportation and warehousing.  In addition, there were fewer layoffs in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and administrative and support services.

Commissioner Butler has also revealed that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia area decreased to 9.6 percent in November from 10.4 percent in October.  Northwest Georgia’s jobless rate was 11 percent in November 2010.

The lowest unemployment rate in Georgia was 6.9 percent in metro Athens.  The highest was 11.8 percent in Dalton.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 9.9 percent in November, down from 10.2 percent in October.  The one-month decline was the largest in 34 years.  The state’s jobless rate was 10.4 percent in November 2010.

Commissioner Butler says that the rate went down due to an increase of 22,400 jobs in the state.  Job growth came in retail trade, in addition to financial and business services and education and health care.

For the 52nd consecutive month, Georgia’s unemployment rate has exceeded the national rate, which is currently 8.6 percent.

Take a look at Georgia labor market data and learn about job search assistance from the Georgia Department of Labor online at www.dol.state.ga.us.

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