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Forsyth County's Jobless Rate Falls Again

Forsyth County recorded a 6.1 percent jobless rate in November.

Forsyth County's preliminary unemployment rate for November fell slightly to 6.1 percent, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The rate is down from the October rate of 6.2 percent and 6.7 percent in November 2011.

Forsyth's labor force rose to 92,984 last month from 92,731 in October.

November's labor force is also higher than November 2011 figure of 91,076.

The preliminary unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains region, which Forsyth County is part of, declined to 7.1 percent in November, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in October. The rate was 7.8 percent in November 2011.

The rate declined because of fewer new layoffs, represented by first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits. There were 88 fewer layoffs in construction, manufacturing, information services, financial services, professional and technical services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.2 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent in November, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in October. The rate was 9.5 percent in November a year ago.

Statewide, there were 3,984,000 jobs in November, up 9,600, or two-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,974,400 in October. Over the year, Georgia gained 61,900 jobs, or 1.6 percent, from 3,922,100 in November 2011.

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