Unemployment numbers for November show progress in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Perry Gunnells' 'Perry & Company' hair salon has been business for 17 years, but he said it's a different time now to be in the game, thanks to the economy.

Gunnells said, "People would get their hair done more often back then."

Gunnells said customers coming in for a cut or a color every four weeks, started coming in after six; sometimes even later.

But November in Augusta shook up the economy. 700 jobs came to the metro area, and it was the lowest the unemployment rate has been since November 2008.

James Abron with the Georgia Department of Labor said, "The unemployment rate for November fell to 7.4 percent in Augusta. It's down 7/10th of a percentage point from October."

Abron said seasonal hiring could have had something to do with it. The majority of the job openings were in the trade, transportation and warehousing industry.