Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen below 9 percent for the first time in more than three years. The jobless rate declined for the ninth consecutive month in April to 8.9 percent.
Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped for eight straight months, and the state's labor commissioner said that's a sign more Georgians are getting back to work. The Georgia Department of Labor reported the state's unemployment rate for March was 9 percent, compared to 9.1 percent in February.
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday morning the state's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent. That's the lowest rate since March 2009. It’s also a drop of 0.1 percent from January.
Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the third straight month in December, falling to 9.7 percent. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the new number is a one-tenth of a percentage point decline from a revised 9.8 percent in November.
State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has risen to 10.3 percent, the highest level since January. The Georgia Department of Labor said the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for September was up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.2 percent the previous month.
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Georgia labor officials say unemployment rates in the state's metro areas ranged from 12.1 percent in Dalton to 7.8 in Athens and Warner Robins. The jobless rate in a half-dozen metro areas — Albany, Atlanta, Brunswick, Dalton, Macon and Rome — were above 10 percent.
The latest numbers from the state’s labor department reflect a still sputtering economy in Georgia. The jobless rate rose into double-digits in July. It was up two-tenths of a point to 10.1 percent. Georgia lost more than 30,000 jobs last month, with the bulk of those seasonal layoffs in state and local education.