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      Southwest Georgia unemployment continues decline to 8.8%

      The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday morning that unemployment in Southwest Georgia and Albany has dropped for November.GDOL officials say that as a region, Southwest Georgia unemployment fell to 8.8 percent while metro Albany's rate declined to 9.2 percent.The rate declined because of fewer new layoffs, represented by first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits.Georgia TMs seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent in November, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in October. The rate was 9.5 percent in November a year ago.Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!