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overview: Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped last month to 9.7% from an all-time high of 12.6% in April, spurring hope that the economy has started to recover from massive job losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.


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The state added 79,600 jobs in May, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. [The department originally said 94,300 jobs were added, but issued a revised release on Friday.]

While other measures show uneven gains thus far, there's reason to believe the numbers will keep improving, according to Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

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Michael E. Kanell

michael e. kanell, senior economics writer at the ajc, has been reporting on jobs, housing and the economy for two decades.