Posted: Thursday, April 24th 2014 at 5:48am
NE Ga.'s jobless rate drops to 6.2 percent in March
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia region decreased to 6.2 percent in March, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 6.3 percent in February. The rate was 7.4 percent in March a year ago.
The rate declined because employers in the Northeast Georgia area laid off fewer workers. There were 1,549 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in March, a drop of 361, or 18.9 percent, from 1,910 in February. Most of the decline in claims came in construction, wholesale trade, transportation, and warehousing. There were 1,807 claims in March 2013.
Metro Gainesville's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent from February to March, but it was down from 6.8 percent a year ago.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 7.0 percent, down from 7.1 percent in February. The rate was 8.4 percent in March 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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