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Unemployment numbers down in Augusta

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Hundreds of people had a lot to celebrate this holiday season. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the unemployment rate dipped to its lowest point since 2008.  Dee Griffin has a look at how Augusta ranks when it comes to unemployment.

It may be the holidays, but, many job seekers are not taking a break from finding employment.

At the Department of Labor in downtown Augusta, there is a steady flow of people searching the state's job bank as well as updating their resumes online.

However, new numbers released by the Department of Labor show that during this season of giving, hundreds of people in the Augusta area are receiving when it comes to jobs. "One of the biggest reasons is because they Augusta area employers added 700 jobs in the month of November over the month of October," explains James Abron, Junior of the Georgia Department of Labor.

The unemployment numbers for November show a significant drop. According to the Georgia Department of Labor the unemployment rate in the CSRA has decreased to 8 point 3 percent.  That is down five-tenths of a percentage point from October.

The unemployment rate in metro Augusta decreased to 7 point 4 percent, which is down seven-tenths of a point from October.

"Primarily the increase was in the trade, warehousing industry and transportation as well," says Abron.

James Abron, Jr of the Department of Labor says Augusta is experiencing numbers that haven't been seen in many years. "The last time we were at this low of a percentage point was in November 2008 when we were at seven point one percent."

While no one can predict future employment numbers and opportunities, the addition of companies like Starbucks will only provide a robust amount of opportunities for local residents and a great saving for the state. "Anytime a new employer comes to an area it also decreases the unemployment because the more people that they hire decreases the number of people filing for unemployment," adds Abron.

By the way, metro Athens reported the lowest jobless rate in the state of five point one percent for November.

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