- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent in November, down from 7.6 percent in October.

The state Labor Department reports just more than 4.4 million residents are employed out of a labor force of about 4.75 million people.

Georgia still trails the nation’s 5. 8 percent jobless rate after spending parts of 2014 with the highest rate of any state.

Athens-Clarke County appears to have the state’s strongest metro job market, with a 5 percent rate. Gainesville came in at 5.3 percent.

But every other metro area trails the national rate, even with the improvements from October.

Dalton had the highest rate, at 8.4 percent.

Metro Atlanta was at 6.5.

All the figures are seasonally adjusted to account for short-term changes in the labor market.

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