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Ga. Joblesss Rate Falls To 8.2%

State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped to 8.2 percent in April.

That's down from 8.4 percent in March, and 9.1 percent a year ago.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new numbers Thursday morning.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Georgia's unemployment rate is now the lowest it has been since December 2008.

He said Georgia employers created more than 31,000 jobs in April.

Most of the new jobs were in leisure and hospitality. But Butler said he also feels good about 1,800 new construction jobs.

“Even though we haven’t got to the point where I’m ready to call it a trend, we are seeing a lot of positives in construction,” Butler said. “Probably the biggest positive is, as we look over the year when it comes to construction jobs, we’re seeing our best numbers since 2007, which pre-dates the recession.”

Even with the growth, April saw more layoffs than March. Butler said that’s common this time of year, though it’s unclear why. He said some evidence points to increased hiring leading up to tax season and then subsequent job losses.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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