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State Unemployment Rate Drops For Seventh Straight Month

State Unemployment Rate Drops For Seventh Straight Month

first_img0:48 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share Related Stories For the seventh time in as many months, Georgia’s unemployment rate has fallen.“We saw the unemployment rate to continue to go down for the seventh month in a row down to 6.4 percent,” State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a press release.That’s down two-tenths of a point from December and nearly a full point from January of 2014.“This is the strongest January-to-January growth we’ve had in 20 years, going back to 1995 during the economic buildup to the Atlanta Summer Olympics,” Butler said.An audio version of this story.0:48The data from the DOL also shows there were fewer new claims for unemployment insurance benefits.Butler says that’s not the case in other states.“We’ve seen a lot of stories come out, about initial claims going up in a lot of places across the nation however here in Georgia we actually saw initial claims decrease not only for the month but for the year,” Butler said.The state gained nearly 132,000 jobs over the past year.A clear majority of those positions were in the private sector, in fields like trade, transportation and warehousing.   For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more