The Georgia Department of Labor gave the Columbus area an encouraging Christmas gift Thursday, when it released its monthly unemployment report. And the positive local numbers helped the state produce a historic trend.
The jobless rate for metro Columbus in November was 7.3 percent, down 0.5 percentage points from the previous month and down 0.3 percentage points from the same time last year.
Here are other highlights for metro Columbus, according to the November report:
Added 1,300 new jobs, an increase of 1.1 percent from the previous month, for a total of 123,400. Most of the job growth came in the service-related industries, such as trade, transportation and warehousing, sectors associated with holiday hiring, finance and insurance, and state and local government.
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The year-over-year gain was 400 jobs, up 0.3 percent from November 2013. Most of this growth was widespread, coming in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, finance and insurance, manufacturing and construction.
The number of new claims for unemployment insurance decreased by 18.8 percent from the previous month and by 33.3 percent from the same time last year to 747. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing and administrative and support services.
Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.2 percent, down 0.4 percentage points from October's revised figure. That decrease is the state's largest monthly drop on record and boosted Georgia's unemployment out of last place among all states, according to the report.
Georgia continues to be a national leader in job growth, adding 23,400 new jobs in November and 98,800 since November 2013. This pushed the job total to 4,192,600, the largest number since 4,202,100 in December 2007. Georgia ranks fifth among states in job creation, the report said.
The state's lowest local unemployment rate for November was in metro Athens (5.0 percent) while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region (9.0 percent). Local jobless numbers aren't seasonally adjusted.
Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.