The Georgia Department of Labor has released a late Christmas gift as unemployment rates for the month of November have dropped for Southwest Georgia.
For Southwest Georgia, the rate dropped to 7.9 percent from 8.5 percent in October, with metro Albany declining to 8.2 percent from 8.8 percent in October.
GDOL says that for Southwest Georgia, the number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, decreased to 1,385, down by 234, or 14.5 percent, from 1,619 in October. Claims declined in several sectors, including manufacturing and construction and trade, transportation and warehousing. There were 1,741 claims in November 2012.
Albany saw hiring gains in trade, transportation and warehousing sectors.