Meanwhile, the states unemployment rate declined to 4.4 percent in November, down three-tenths of one percent from 4.7 percent in October. However, the states jobless rate continues to exceed the national unemployment rate, as it has for six of the last seven months.
The U. S. rate in November was an unadjusted 4.3 percent, up from 4.1 percent in October.
Georgias jobless rate declined primarily because of an increase in retail hiring for the holiday shopping season. The number of new seasonal jobs helped offset the number of people who lost jobs in November and filed initial claims for unemployment insurance.
There were also job gains in health care and information technology. In November, Georgia added 16,800 new jobs for a four-tenths percent growth rate.
Georgia labor market data are not seasonally adjusted and are available at: