Unemployment down, job growth up in Georgia

Unemployment down, job growth up in Georgia.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - More Georgians are back to work this holiday season compared to last year.

A new unemployment report shows a one percent drop statewide last month compared to November 2014.

"Because of the ports, because of the hospitality industries here, the manufacturing that goes on here. We are in very good shape and in a very good position in the state of Georgia," said Brian Davis, manager of the Department of Labor's Savannah Career Center.

Plus, Savannah's growth has helped put the state in a good position nationally as well.

"In Georgia, we've had a very good year as far as job growth goes. Right now we're showing us having 93,000 more jobs this time than we did the same time last year, which, by the way, represents a 2.2 percent job growth over the last 12 months, which beats the national average," said Georgia Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler.

Since last November, we've seen a statewide increase in claims for unemployment insurance - a measure of new layoffs. But Savannah is the only metro area in Georgia that saw a drop in those claims.

"Our foot traffic has mirrored the latest statistics," said Davis. "We're not seeing the amount of people coming in filing for unemployment insurance as we have in the past, which is a good thing."

Despite the good news, any unemployment rate greater than zero means there are still people looking for work this holiday season.

If that's you, Davis says don't be discouraged. He told WTOC, employers who are hiring sometimes wait until the new year to begin filling positions. So don't put your job search on hold just yet.

"Because a lot of folks may be thinking that there's no reason to apply right now during the holidays, but now is in fact the best time to get your application in, right now," said Davis.

If you are among the thousands of Georgians looking for work tonight, there are resources available to help with the search. You can build a resume, explore educational opportunities and search job postings on the Department of Labor's website.

According to the Department of Labor, about 60,000 new jobs across the state were posted on the site in the past month alone.

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