Savannah area jobless rate drops in November

ATLANTA (WTOC) - The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Savannah dipped to 8.4 percent in November, from 9.0 percent in October, according to data released Thursday from Georgia Dept. of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

The jobless rate in the Savannah area in November 2010 was 9.0 percent.

The decrease is the result of adding 300 jobs in private service-related industries, such as retail, education and health care, according to the labor department.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.9 percent from 10.2 percent in October, the largest one-month decline since 1977, according to the labor dept.

The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in November 2010.

The state added 22,400 jobs in the retail, financial and business services, education and health care.

Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

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