As of Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA — Metro Atlanta's jobless rate has dropped to 8 percent, state labor officials said.
The November number continues a downward trend in metro Atlanta's unemployment figures. The rate is down from 8.2 percent in October and 8.9 percent a year ago.
The Georgia Department of Labor released the new numbers on Thursday.
The rate declined because of job growth and fewer new layoffs, as indicated by first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits, state labor officials said.
Metro Athens had the state's lowest jobless rate among metro areas at 6.2 percent.
Metro Dalton had the highest at 11 percent, officials said.
The unemployment numbers for the metro areas are not are not seasonally adjusted.
Statewide, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent in November. That was down from 8.7 percent in October. The rate was 9.5 percent in November a year ago.