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Georgia’s Unemployment Rate In October Ties Record Low

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler  said the state also set records for employment and job creation. "We like to always kind of key on the employment numbers being very important because it means somebody actually got a job," Butler said. 
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state also set records for employment and job creation. "We like to always kind of key on the employment numbers being very important because it means somebody actually got a job," Butler said. 
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Georgia’s workforce continues to be strong as the year comes to a close.

The unemployment rate fell in October to tie the state’s all-time low of 3.4 percent.  The last time the state reached that number was December 2000.  While Georgia’s unemployment rate fell, the national average climbed to 3.6 percent.  State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state also set records for employment and job creation.

“We like to always kind of key on the employment numbers being very important because it means somebody actually got a job,” Butler said,  “To see us continue, it seems like every single month set records for total number of individuals employed.  That just shows the strength of Georgia’s economy right now.”

Georgia added more than 5,400 jobs in October.  That brought the state’s workforce total to more than 5.1 million.  However, new claims of unemployment grew to nearly 30 percent.