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Area Unemployment Rate Improves
Thursday, 22 May 2014

May 22--  Our area's unemployment rate is still the highest in the state, but it is improving according to the state Labor Department. 

"The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region decreased to 8.8 percent in April, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.3 percent in March. The rate was 10.2 percent in April a year ago. 

The rate declined because the number of unemployed residents decreased to 10,693, down by 601 from 11,294 in March. There were 12,558 unemployed residents in April 2013.

Also, there were 1,686 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in April, an increase of 135, or 8.7 percent, from 1,551 in March. Most of the increase in claims came in manufacturing and administrative and support services. There were 1,969 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.

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