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Metro Columbus' jobless rate drops to 9.2% in March

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From the Georgia Department of Labor

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Columbus area decreased to 9.2% in March, down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.6% in February. The jobless rate in the metro Columbus area in March a year ago was 9.6%.

The rate decreased because there were fewer layoffs in construction and wholesale and retail trade.   

"The unemployment rate decreased in Columbus, as well as in all of the state's other 24 local areas," said Butler. "This is encouraging, and hopefully indicates that a modest recovery may be building throughout the state."

The lowest rate, at 7.3% was in metro Athens, while the highest rate, at 11.7%, was in the Heart of Georgia – Altamaha region around Dublin.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 10.0%, 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. 

March marked the 42nd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.8%.

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