State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in March. That is down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in February. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new rate early Thursday morning.
Georgia labor officials say the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has risen slightly to 8.6 percent. The December figure is up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in November. The rate was 9.4 percent in December a year ago.
Georgia’s unemployment rate held steady last month at 9.2 percent, the same as July’s seasonally adjusted rate. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state’s labor force is growing as more people resume their job search and the number of jobs is increasing.