© 2023 WUGA | University of Georgia
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Athens Sees Drop in November Unemployment Rate


Athens has seen another drop in the unemployment rate for November. The 2.5 percent rate was down four-tenths a percent over the month. The Georgia Labor Department released the numbers Thursday.

"We are seeing job numbers continue to rise across the state as Georgians secure employment,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Unemployment rates also dropped in regions throughout Georgia in November as we entered the holiday employment period.”

The labor force decreased in Athens by 508 and ended the month with 103,967. That number went up by 2,212 when compared to November of 2021.

Athens finished the month with 101,341 employed residents. That number decreased by 142 over the month and rose by 2,104 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Athens ended November with 105,000 jobs, an all-time high. That number increased by 600 from October to November and increased by 5,400 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went up 4 percent in Athens in November. When compared to last November, claims were up by about 3 percent.

GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 2,946 active job postings in Athens for November. 

Commissioner Butler said that all Regional Commissions recorded a decrease in unemployment rates in October.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!