AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Georgia's unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent in December, down from 7.6 percent in November, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate in December a year ago was 8.7 percent.
"The rate dropped primarily because 4,020 more Georgians were employed in December, mostly due to seasonal hiring in retail trade, transportation and warehousing," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. "And, I'm particularly pleased that we had some 90,000 more jobs this December than last, which is the best December job growth in eight years."
Georgia had 4,094,100 jobs in December, an increase of 90,100 jobs, or 2.3 percent, since December 2012 when there were 4,004,000 jobs.
Most of the gains came in professional and business services, trade and transportation, leisure and hospitality, education and health services, and construction. Government has lost more than 5,000 jobs in the past year.
The number of unemployed Georgians decreased to 349,946, down by 12,185 from November. This is the fewest unemployed Georgians since October 2008 when there were 346,852.