Friday, March 04, 2016 09:00 AM


Unemployment in Georgia dropped in January to the lowest level since February 2008 before the Great Recession hit the housing-based Peach State.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January was 5.4 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.5 percent in December. The rate was 6.3 percent in January 2015.

"We're starting the new year with the lowest unemployment rate we've had in almost eight years," Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said. "We had 18,328 more people working in January than in December and 92,649 more than in January of last year.

There were 4,330,200 jobs in January, 100 more than in December, but 119,300, or 2.8 percent, more than in January of 2015.

"Georgia employers continue to add jobs at a stronger pace than the national over-the-year job growth rate of 1.9 percent," said Butler. "We had job growth in nine of the eleven major job sectors we track."

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