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Jobless rate in Coastal Georgia falls to 9.5 percent

POSTED: November 28, 2011 5:29 p.m.

ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Labor announced Monday that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia area decreased to 9.5 percent in October, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.8 percent in September. The jobless rate in the Coastal Georgia area in October a year ago was 9.3 percent.

Unemployment in Effingham County was 8.1 percent.

Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 7.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.3 percent in September, as well as from October a year ago.

The rate dropped because Georgia added 26,500 jobs, up seven-tenths of a percentage point to 3,818,800 from 3,792,300 in September. While growth came in several sectors, 12,200 of the jobs occurred from early hiring in retail, transportation and warehousing, as employers prepared for the holiday season.

October is the 51st consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

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