Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the state has made significant progress repaying the federal government for loans that covered unemployment benefits in recent years. After the beginning of the recession, Georgia went more than $721 million into debt to the federal government to cover the cost of unemployment benefits.
Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 8.7 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor early Thursday morning announced the new figure, which is the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for August. It is down from 8.8 percent in July.
State labor officials say Georgia's jobless rate has risen to 8.8 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor released July's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate early Thursday. It is up from last month's 8.5 percent rate, but still lower than the 9.1 percent from July a year ago.
State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in June. The new seasonally adjustment jobless rate was announced early Thursday morning by the Georgia Department of Labor.
Georgia labor officials say the state's unemployment rate increased to 8.3 percent in May. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the seasonally adjusted rate early Thursday, saying it was up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.2 percent in April.
State officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has declined to 7.6 percent in April. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday the number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased by about 13,000 last month. The rate was an improvement over the 7.9 percent posted in March and the 8.5 percent for April 2012.
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. Georgia employers created more than 31,000 jobs in April.
Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February was the lowest since January 2009, down to 8.6 percent from 8.7 percent in January. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the February numbers early Thursday.
State labor officials said Thursday morning that Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate declined to 8.5 percent in November. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that is the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly four years, since it was 8.5 percent in January 2009.