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Metro Savannah's Unemployment Rate Declines In February

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The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Savannah's unemployment rate decreased to 6.6 percent in February, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.9 percent in January. The rate was 7.9 percent in February a year ago.

The Department of Labor says the rate declined because Savannah employers created 1,600 new jobs and reduced the number of new layoffs by 53.8 percent.

The number of jobs increased to 161,500 in February, up 1.0 percent, from 159,900 in January. The job gains came mostly in professional and business services and state and local government. 

Over the year, the number of jobs increased by 3,900, or 2.5 percent, from 157,600 in February 2013. Most of the increase came in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.   

There were 960 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in February, a drop of 1,119 from 2,079 in January.  Most of the decline in claims came in trade, transportation, and warehousing, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services.  There were 1,198 claims in February 2013. 

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