The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate decreased to 8.2 percent in April, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.6 percent in March. The rate was 10.3 percent in April a year ago.
The rate declined because Metro Dalton employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers.
The number of jobs increased to 63,800 in April, up by 400, or 0.6 percent, from 63,400 in March. Most of the job gains came in professional and business services, wholesale and retail trade, and textile manufacturing.
Over the year, the number of jobs increased by 600, or 1.0 percent, from 63,200 jobs in April 2013. The big job gainers were retail trade, textile manufacturing, and local government.
Also, there were 934 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in April, a drop of 62, or 6.2 percent, from 996 in March. Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing. There were 1,439 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