The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia area declined to 9.1 percent in March, down five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in February. The jobless rate in the Northwest Georgia area in March a year ago was 10.1 percent.
The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Dalton declined to 11.6 percent in March, down six-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 12.2 percent in February. The jobless rate in metro Dalton in March a year ago was 11.8 percent.
The rate decreased because there were fewer layoffs in manufacturing and administrative and support services.
Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 6.7 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.6 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in March for the eighth consecutive month to 9.0 percent, the lowest rate since February 2009, when it was 8.9 percent. That is a decline of one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in February. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in March a year ago.
Statewide, the rate went down because the number of jobs in March increased by 13,900 to 3,894,900. Also, revised numbers show the state gained 35,600 jobs in the past 12 months.
The employment sectors showing growth since March of 2011 were: professional and business services, 28,900; trade and transportation, 10,700; education and health services, 7,900; manufacturing, 5,900; and leisure and hospitality, 1,200.
Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us
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