FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, job applications and information for the Gap Factory Store sit on a table during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. As the latest jobs report comes out, Friday, May 5, 2017, the five fastest-growing sectors in the 12 months prior have been: temporary help, professional and technical services, construction, education and health care. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that while metro Savannah’s number of jobs decreased in November unemployment insurance claims fell as the city continued to recover from Hurricane Irma.

“Our coastal communities suffered from the storm and continue to recover,” Butler said. “Even so, Hurricane Irma hasn’t been enough to offset strong numbers for the year. The long-term trends remain very strong.

Unemployment claims were down by 45 percent to 598. Claims were down in several industries such as accommodations and food services, trade, transportation and warehousing, and health care and social assistance. When compared to last November, claims were down by 46 percent from 1,111.

Metro Savannah posted 181,200 jobs in November, down by 500 from a revised 181,700 in October. Most of the job losses came in retail trade and other private services, along with local government.

However, since November 2016, metro Savannah has posted 2,600 new jobs, a 1.5 percent growth rate. Over-the-year job growth came in leisure and hospitality, education and health services, and trade, transportation and warehousing, along with manufacturing, construction, mining and logging.

The number of employed residents declined by 1,286 to 177,452. From November a year ago, the number of employed residents was up by 4,387 from 173,065.

The area’s labor force, which includes the total number of residents with jobs and those unemployed but looking for work, fell by 1,356 in November. The labor force, 184,949,  is up by 3,081 since November 2016.

The November unemployment rate, at 4.1 percent, was unchanged from October. The November rate compares favorably to last November when the rate was 4.8 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,627 new active job postings in metro Savannah for November.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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