Georgia jobless rate drops to 5.5 percent, its lowest level in nearly 7 years

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ATLANTA — Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 5.5 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday morning released the seasonally adjusted 5.5 percent rate for December.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement that Georgia's jobless rate is now at its lowest level in nearly seven years. He said Georgia employers are continuing to create jobs, with the private sector adding about 6,000 jobs in December.

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