Georgia’s seasonally -adjusted unemployment rate in the last month of 2015 dipped down to 5.5 percent, another 1/10 lower than November 2015, based on the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor.
“The rate dropped to its lowest level in nearly seven years as our employers continued to create jobs and hire more people,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler in a prepared statement. “While we saw a net increase of 3,300 jobs in December, our private sector employers actually added 6,000 jobs, but cuts, primarily in government, offset some of that gain.”
The Georgia Department of Labor also reported the following statistics:
- The .1 percent increase in jobs brought the number of Georgia jobs to 4,317,600
- The total increase in number of jobs was 91,000 for the entire year
- Professional and business service jobs went up by 5,000
- Construction jobs increased by 1,900
- The government, financial services, transportation, warehousing, and leisure & hospitality all saw job losses.
- EmployGeorgia.com – the states online job service – showed over 65,000 jobs available around the state in the month of December
The unemployment rate was 6.6% during the same month of 2014. The numbers do not include the Georgians who have stopped attempting to enter the workforce.