ALBANY — The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Albany decreased to 9.7 percent in November, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 10.4 percent in October.
The jobless rate in metro Albany in November a year ago was 10.9 percent.
The rate declined because the number of jobs increased by 600. Most of the growth was in the private service-related industries, such as trade, transportation and warehousing.
The unemployment rate will generally decline this time of year, due mostly to more retail jobs being available during the holiday season.
At the same time, the preliminary unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia area decreased to 9.3 percent in November, down from 9.9 percent in October.
The jobless rate in the Southwest Georgia area in November 2010 was 10.4 percent.
In a county-by-county breakdown of unemployment rates for November, Dougherty was at 10.9 percent, Lee was at 7.1 percent, Worth was at 9.2 percent, Baker was at 8.2 percent and Terrell was at 10.5 percent.
Metro Athens had the lowest metro rate at 6.9 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.8 percent.
By region, the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area near Dublin had the highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent. The Georgia Mountains area had the lowest regional rate at 8 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had its largest one-month decline since 1977, falling to 9.9 percent from 10.2 percent in October. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in November of last year.
The state rate dropped because of an increase of 22,400 jobs. In addition to retail trade, growth also came in financial and business services as well as education and health care.