ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9.0 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in August.
"The unemployment rate dropped in September because Georgia had the fewest new claims for unemployment insurance benefits in five years, since before the start of the Great Recession," Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement.
The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in September a year ago.
Most of the decline came in administrative and support services, retail trade, health care and social assistance, educational services, and accommodations and food services.
Butler said the state lost 400 jobs from August to September, but it actually gained 61,800 jobs since September of 2011. The growth sectors were professional and business services, transportation, warehousing, education and health care. Leisure and hospitality was also up, as was manufacturing; Butler said he is especially pleased with the improvement in the state's manufacturing industry.