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Georgia unemployment rate shows decline

ATLANTA,GA (AP) - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10% in March, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.2% in February. 

The state's jobless rate was also 10.2% in March 2010. Butler said Monday he's especially pleased with the fact that Georgia's employment rolls have shown growth for two consecutive months. He says employers appear to be growing more confident that the economy is improving.

There were 3,812,700 payroll jobs in March, up 15,600, or four-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,797,100 in February. Sixty percent of the jobs were added in leisure and hospitality, including 7,000 at eating and drinking establishments.

The number of long-term unemployed fell slightly from February, the first such decline since last August.                

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