Both Gainesville and Northeast Georgia saw their unemployment rate drop from October to November.
In the latest report released Thursday morning by the Georgia Department of Labor, the rate in Gainesville rose from 2.5 percent in October to 2.2 percent in November. In the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission, which includes Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stevens, Towns, Union and White counties, the rate dropped from 2.7 percent to 2.4 percent.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said similar declines were seen across the state.
“We’re seeing job growth continue to grow across the state as Georgians find work,” Butler said. “The unemployment rate also dropped in all of our regional commissions in November as we entered the holiday season.”
While the overall unemployment rate has been declining, initial claims for unemployment insurance rose in the area over the month, and there are still plenty of open jobs. Employ Georgia featured more than 2,300 job listings in Gainesville alone in November.