ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate decreased to 7.0 percent in November, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in October.
The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that this is the lowest the rate has been since it was 6.9 percent in October 2008. The rate was 8.1 percent in November a year ago.
The rate declined in November primarily because the number of jobs increased and the number of unemployment insurance claims were down.
Metro Atlanta employers added 14,300 jobs in November. Most of the new jobs were added in trade, transportation and warehousing.
Over the year, jobs were up by 59,200, or 2.5 percent, from 2,388,400 in November 2012. The big job gainers were in professional and business services, 15,100; leisure and hospitality, 12,000; education and health services, 11,500; and construction, 10,500; and trade, transportation and warehousing, 8,700.
The number of unemployed people in Atlanta decreased to 190,266, down by 18,611 from 208,877 in October. There were 223,686 unemployed in November 2012.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent in October. The rate was 8.7 percent in November a year ago.
Georgia Department of Labor