The unemployment rate for the Savannah area dropped two-tenths of one percent in November.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
Jobseekers have a good reason to feel hopeful. Georgia's unemployment numbers are down as employers create new jobs and lay fewer employees off.
In coastal Georgia, the unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent, according to the Ga. Dept. of Labor. In Savannah, the unemployment rate also declined to 7.7 percent. This year, 500 new jobs were created in Savannah, and about 150,000 in the Coastal Empire.
"I certainly do hope so I'm cautiously optimistic Savannah is a great area with the ports this is a great place to live and work," said Brian Davis of the Georgia Dept. of Labor.
Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Long counties are seeing the most job growth - mainly in manufacturing, retail trade, healthcare, construction, and professional business services.
"I'm a little more optimistic. I have been unemployed
before. I've had interviews so hopefully this stint won't be as long as the
last one because it's hard," said jobseeker Christopher Huell.
The Ga. Dept. of Labor said that since November 2011, unemployment claims have also gone down as more people are finding work.