Posted: Thursday, May 22nd 2014 at 12:52am
NE Ga.'s unemployment rate drops in April, metro Gainesville number rises
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday morning that the unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia region decreased to 5.9 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.2 percent in March. The rate was 7.0 percent in April a year ago.
The rate declined because the number of employed residents rose by 237, and employers laid off fewer workers. There were 1,519 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in April, a drop of 30, or 1.9 percent, from 1,549 in March. Most of the decline in claims came in real estate, rental, and leasing. There were 1,906 claims filed in April 2013.
Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate increased to 5.6 percent in April, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.5 percent in March. The rate was 6.8 percent in April a year ago.
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased primarily because 239 new job seekers entered the labor force looking for work and while those people are looking they’re counted as unemployed. Also, the number of new layoffs, which are represented by new claims for unemployment insurance, increased by 11, or 1.9 percent, to 578. Most of the increase in claims came in manufacturing. There were 1,476 claims filed in April 2013.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.9 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.8 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 7.0 percent, unchanged from March. The rate was 8.3 percent in April 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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