March unemployment rate declines to 9.9% in Columbus

Press Release 

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported Thursday that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Columbus declined to 9.9% in March, down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.3% in February.

Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 12,778, down 432 from 13,210 in February.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to a record 10.6% in March, up one-tenth of a percentage point from February. This marks the 30th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national seasonally adjusted rate, which was 9.7%.

The state's March jobless rate was up 1.6 percentage points from 9.0% at this same time last year. The jobless rate in metro Columbus in March 2009 was 8.4%.

In March, 1,340 laid-off workers in Columbus filed initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, an increase of 109, or 8.9%, from 1,231 in February. There was a decrease of 89, or 6.2%, from 1,429 filed in March 2009.

Statewide, 69,265 laid-off workers filed initial claims, a decrease of 27,041, or 28.1%, from 96,306 claims filed in March 2009. There was a small month-over-month increase of 3,196, or 4.8%, from 66,069 in February. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, construction, and administrative and support services.

On a positive note, the state added 10,500 new jobs in March, an increase of three-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,784,900 in February to 3,795,400.

In metro Columbus, during the same one-month period, 300 jobs were added, an increase of three-tenths of a percentage point, from 116,700 to 117,000.  

Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

Source: Georgia Department of Labor