For most improved, Georgia comes in (tied for) fourth

And in the category of most improved unemployment rate, Georgia came in fourth.

Tied for fourth, but still. This is good.race 4

The state saw its jobless rate drop during the past 12 months from 7.1 percent to 5.9 percent. Only three states did better in bettering their unemployment rate: Rhode Island, Michigan and California.

Rhode Island’s drop was largest: 1.8 percentage points.

The state’s jobless rate was released Thursday, but today, a ranking of the states was issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Indiana, like Georgia, also saw a 1.2 percentage point drop.

Only one of the 50 states suffered a rising jobless rate during the past year: West Virginia, whose unemployment rose from 6.4 to 7.6 percent.

Georgia has been above the national average for joblessness since 2007, but the gap is closing: The national jobless rate is currently 5.1 percent.

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