State labor analyst Corey L. Smith said the unemployment rate dropped from 7.9 percent in October to 7.5 percent in November — the lowest since hitting 7.0 percent in November 2008.”
Paulding County had an increase in employed residents of 234 from October to November, Smith said. A total of 68,058 were employed in October, compared to 68,292 in November, according to the department.
The number of unemployed residents decreased by 299, Smith said. The county had 5,871 unemployed residents in October and 5,572 in November, he said.
“Initial claims for jobless benefits contributed to the improved economy in the county as they were down 21 over the month as 502 residents filed initial jobless claims in October and 481 filed in November,” Smith said.
The unemployment rate in November 2011 was 8.4 percent and 606 filed claims for jobless benefits, he said.
Industries such as retail trade, professional and technical services and health and social assistance saw a decrease in claims for unemployment benefits, he said.
Surrounding counties all saw dips in unemployment rates as well, according to reports.
The numbers included Bartow County at 8.3 percent, Carroll at 8.4, Cobb at 7.3, Douglas at 8.4, Haralson at 8.1 and Polk at 8.2 percent.
The metro Atlanta rate also dropped from 8.2 percent in October to 8.0 in November, according to the report.
Georgia’s rate decreased from 8.5 percent in October to 8.3 in November, according to the report. The national rate was 7.7 percent in November.