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Georgia's jobless rate falls to 9.9 percent

ATLANTA — A new report shows that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to 9.9 percent

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the new jobless rate fell from 10.2 percent October, which is the largest one-month decline since 1977.

Georgia's 9.9 percent rate compares to 10.4 percent in November a year ago.

Officials said the state's unemployment rate declined because of an increase of 22,400 jobs. In addition to retail trade, the state also saw growth in financial and business services and education and health care.

Among the state's cities, metro Dalton had the highest rate at 11.8 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest rate at 6.9 percent. Metro Atlanta's jobless rate was 9.2 The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.