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Georgia labor market sets records in August; jobless rate below US average
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Georgia Department of Labor office - photo by Scott Rogers

Georgia’s unemployment rate in August dropped below the national average for the first time in 11 years, according to the state Department of Labor.

The state’s jobless rate fell to 3.8 percent last month from 3.9 percent in July, and from 4.5 percent one year ago.The state’s record low rate of 3.4 percent was set in 2000.

The national unemployment rate is 3.9 percent.

Georgia set records for the total number of employed residents in August at 4.96 million. Most of the job gains last month came in education, health services, government and construction, the Labor Department reported.

Unemployment insurance claims for August, meanwhile, fell to 21,182, the lowest mark in 20 years.

“This is a true milestone for us,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a press release. “As a state, that’s seen its workforce expand very quickly, it should be hard for us to drive the unemployment rate down so low. However, we have been employing new workers as fast as we have been adding them. These numbers show how dynamic our economy has been and continues to be.”

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