Georgia, South Carolina see unemployment rates drop in October


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The labor departments in Georgia and South Carolina report a decline in the unemployment rate for October.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for October dropped by 1.8 percentage points to reach 4.5 percent.

Prior to the pandemic, Georgia’s unemployment rate was at an all-time low of 3.1 percent. Georgia has seen an 8.1 percentage drop in unemployment since April when the state reported a 12.6 percent unemployment rate, Georgia’s all-time high.  

“We still have a lot of work to do in order for growth to continue, which includes filling the thousands of jobs that we currently have listed on EmployGeorgia,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Our reemployment teams have been working with hundreds of companies across the state to assist in getting Georgians into higher-paying careers.”

In South Carolina, the Department of Employment and Workforce estimates October’s unemployment rate declined significantly to 100,333 people.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.2 percent in October from
September’s revised estimate of 5.2 percent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined from 7.9 percent in September to 6.9 percent in October.

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