Unemployment in Georgia has dropped to 9 percent in September, according to a report by the state's department of labor.
Macon fared well, adding 1,600 jobs from September 2011. The city's number of unemployment claims dropped 28.7 percent.
Warner Robins added 200 jobs and saw its unemployment claims drop by 12.5 percent.
This time last year, the jobless rate in Georgia was 9.8 percent.
According to a news release from the state department of labor, the state as a whole lost 400 jobs from August to September but it still added 61,800 jobs since September 2011.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said, "The unemployment rate dropped in September because Georgia had the fewest new claims for unemployment insurance benefits in five years, since before the start of the Great Recession."
The biggest gains in the state were in professional and business services; trade, transportation and warehousing; and education and health care. Manufacturing was up 8,700 jobs and technology, up 1,100.
Labor Combined Charts - Sept 2012 (2)