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NE Ga.'s jobless rate ticks downward again

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State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.6 percent in February, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 5.9 percent in January. The rate was 6.9 percent in February a year ago.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia region decreased to 6.3 percent in February, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.6 percent in January. The rate was 7.9 percent in February a year ago.

The rate declined because there were 1,105, or 36.7 percent, fewer new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance. There were 1,910 new claims filed in February, down from 3,015 in January. Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing, administrative and support services, wholesale and retail trade, and accommodations and food services. There were 2,014 claims in February 2013.

Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.6 percent in February, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 5.9 percent in January. The rate was 6.9 percent in February a year ago.

The rate declined because Gainesville employers created 800 new jobs and reduced the number of new layoffs by 27 percent, according to Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 7.1 percent, down from 7.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.5 percent in February a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.employgeorgia.com
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