Figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor last week show significant declines in unemployment from October to November, with Jackson County’s jobless rate falling eight-tenths of a percent between October and November to 6.6 percent.
Georgia’s seasonally unadjusted rate for November was put at 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent in October. The state unemployment rate for November 2012 was 8.7 percent.
November jobless rates for area counties include:
•Jackson, 6.6 percent, down from 7.4 percent in October
•Banks, 5.4 percent, down from 6.1
•Barrow, 6.5 percent, down from 6.9
•Athens-Clarke, 5.4 percent, down from 6.3
•Hall, 5.9 percent, down from 6.6
•Madison, 5.9, down from 5.2
•Gwinnett, 6.3, down from 6.9
Oconee County continues to have Georgia’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.0 percent in November, compared to 4.7 percent for October; and Chattahoochee County continues to have the highest jobless rate at 15.3 percent in November, down from 17. 4 percent in October.