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Georgia's Unemployment Rate

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The Georgia Department of Labor announced this morning that Georgia's unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in February.  That's the lowest rate since January 2009, and one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in January.  A year ago, the rate was 9.2 percent.

"The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in more than four years, and I give the credit to Georgia employers who continue to create jobs and lay off fewer workers," said State Labor Commission Mark Butler. "In fact, there were fewer workers laid-off and filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance in February than since before the beginning for the Great Recession in 2007."

There were 3,975,700 jobs in February, an increase of 19,300 from 3,956,400 in January. The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits, resulting from layoffs during the month, decreased by 32,834 from 71,530 in January to 38,696 in February, the lowest for any month since September 2007.

 

 

 

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