Nov 20, 12:22 PM EST

Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in October, according to figures released Thursday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 7.7 percent is down from 7.9 percent in September, according to Georgia Department of Labor.

The new figure also is slightly below the 7.8 percent rate from a year ago.

"The rate fell as we had extremely strong job growth in October, which gave us the largest number of jobs in Georgia since May of 2008," Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement.

"Our state's private-sector employers get the credit because they created more than 91 percent of the new jobs in October and all of them since October of last year."

Georgia's jobless rate remains above the national rate of 5.8 percent.

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