On the layoffs front, there was a substantial 14.4 percent drop in new claims for unemployment insurance in the metro area. They totaled 13,456 in November, and also were down 17.1 percent from November 2013.
For the core metro counties, Gwinnett had the lowest unemployment rate at 5.7 percent. It was followed by Cobb with 6.0 percent, DeKalb (6.8 percent), Fulton (7.3 percent) and Clayton (8.1 percent).
Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.0 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.0 percent.