Posted: Thursday, May 24th 2012 at 6:34am
Metro Gainesville's jobless rate declines to 6.9 percent in April
ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the unemployment rate in metro Gainesville declined to 6.9 percent in April to its lowest level since November 2008 when it was 6.6 percent. The rate was 7.2 percent in March and 7.8 percent in April 2011.
The rate decreased as the number of new jobs grew by 500 to 78,300, the highest number of jobs in metro Gainesville since September 2008, when 78,300 was also recorded. Also, there were fewer layoffs in manufacturing industries.
Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 6.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.4 percent.
The rate in the Georgia Mountains area declined to 7.5 percent in April to its lowest level since December 2008 when it was 7.3 percent. Among other areas in the region we track each month, the jobless rate in Habersham County is 8.2 percent down from 8.4 a month ago and in Gwinnett County, it is 7.6 compared to 7.8 percent last month. (Check the link below which will take you to the jobless rates in each of the counties and metro areas across the state.)
The industries in Georgia showing the greatest growth over the past month were: trade and transportation, 9,200; leisure and hospitality, 9,200; professional and business services, 5,900; construction, 3,400; and education and healthcare, 2,700. While the state gained jobs overall, state and local governments shed 3,300 jobs.
The state Labor Department reported last week that the statewide unemployment rate had dropped to 8.9 percent, the lowest in three years.
Link: Georgia Dept. of Labor
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