Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Declines To 6.6 Percent In April

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region decreased to 6.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.9 percent in March. The rate was 8.1 percent in April a year ago.

The rate declined because employers in the region laid off fewer workers. There were 3,094 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in April, a drop of 440, or 12.5 percent, from 3,534 in March. Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing.

There were 4,620 claims filed in April 2013.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.9 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.8 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 7.0 percent, unchanged from March. The rate was 8.3 percent in April a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.employgeorgia.com




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