State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said recently that Georgia’s unemployment rate hit a historic low in November even as the state set records for employment, jobs and work force.
The series of records in November add up to one of the best months in state history, said Butler. “I can’t recall us ever having a better month, and I’ve talked to people who’ve been around a lot longer than I have,” Butler said. “It’s nice to see this at the end of the year. I think we are going to continue to see Georgia move in the right direction.”
According to the latest numbers, Chattooga County has 10,211 workers with 9,879 of those workers employed and 332 unemployed. Chattooga County’s unemployment rate currently matches the state unemployment rate of 3.3%
Nationally, the unemployment rate fell in November to 3.5 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points. The nation also grew its labor force by 40,000, increased employment by 83,000 and added more 266,000 jobs. Georgia’s unemployment rate, meanwhile, fell in November by 0.1 percentage points to 3.3 percent. That rate is the lowest since the federal government began keeping records in 1976.