ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 8.1 percent in October, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in September. The rate was seven-tenths of a percentage point lower than 8.8 percent in October a year ago.
Because of the federal government shutdown, no states were allowed to publish state labor market data for September.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday, the state gained almost 30,000 jobs over the last two months. He said the job creation is pretty much through all sectors.
The job increases came in trade and transportation, education and health services, government and manufacturing, construction, professional and business services.
The state labor department said over-the year, Georgia gained 85,500 jobs, or 2.1 percent, since October 2012 when there were 3,993,200 jobs.
Butler said "Most importantly, we saw construction again show strength" Over the year more than 7,500 jobs were created in construction in Georgia.
There were 40,132 initial claims for unemployment insurance, an increase of 5,839, or 17 percent, from September. The claims were primarily in manufacturing, most of which were temporary, and administrative and support services.