Southern Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 5.2 percent in April

| June 3, 2016


ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia region declined to 5.2 percent in April, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 5.7 percent in March. The rate in April 2015 was 6.2 percent.

The rate declined as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 872 to 9,036.

Also, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 82, or 7.5 percent, to 1,013 in April. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing and administrative and support services. However, over the year, claims were up by 14, or 1.4 percent, from 999 in April 2015.

Southern Georgia’s labor force decreased by 1,434 to 172,649.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.2 percent, while the River Valley region had the highest at 6.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April was 5.5 percent, unchanged from March. It was 6.1 percent in April 2015.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said job seekers and employers should use the GDOL’s online job listing service, to search for jobs or recruit new employees.  In April, 1,358 jobs in Southern Georgia were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 71,092 jobs were posted.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

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