Metro Columbus' jobless rate declines to 9.1% in April

From the Department of Labor

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Columbus area decreased to 9.1% in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.2% in March. The jobless rate in the metro Columbus area in April a year ago was also 9.1%.

The rate decreased because there were 1,600 new jobs added in the metro Columbus area in April, mostly in the service-related industries, including leisure and hospitality, business and professional services, and retail trade.

The lowest rate, at 7.1%, was recorded in metro Athens, while the highest, at 11.5%, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region around Dublin.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 9.9%, down one-tenth of a percentage point, from a revised 10.0 percent in March. The state's jobless rate was 10.1% in April a year ago. The last time the state's rate was below 10% was in June 2009, when it was 9.8%.

April marked the 43rd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0%. But, the last time the Georgia rate dropped over the month, while the U.S. rate increased was April of last year.

At that time, the state rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point to 10.1%, while the national rate rose one-tenth percent to 9.8%.