MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The number of people working in Georgia is at its highest since November 2008, according to the Department of Labor.
The state's unemployment rate went down to 8.1 percent in October.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia has gained nearly 30,000 new jobs.
"We've seen our rate go from 8.7 percent in August to 8.3 in September and down to 8.1 for October," said Butler. "And, most importantly, we saw construction again show strength."
Butler says Georgia's construction industry is on the rise, with more than 7,500 new jobs.