(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.
That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.
Fayette County's November unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.
Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.