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Hall's jobless rate drops to 6.9 percent in February

More jobs, fewer layoffs lead to 0.5 point decline

POSTED: March 28, 2013 8:29 a.m.

The unemployment rate in metro Gainesville, which includes all of Hall County, declined to 6.9 percent in February, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in January, the Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

The rate was 8.0 percent in February a year ago.

The rate declined because the number of jobs increased and there were fewer new layoffs, which were represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits.

The number of jobs in metro Gainesville increased by 800, climbing to 74,500 from 73,700 in January. Most of the growth came in the service-related industries, along with state and local government.

Over-the-year also, metro Gainesville added 800 jobs, or 1.1 percent, from 73,700 in February 2012. Most of the growth was in the service-related industries and state and local government.

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits fell by 673 from 1,329 in January to 656 in February. The decreases came mostly in construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation, and warehousing, and administrative and support services. And, the number of initial claims was down over-the-year by 281from 937 in February 2012. Most of the over-the-year decline came in the same industries as the monthly decline.

Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.2 percent.

The Georgia Mountains region’s unemployment rate declined to 7.5 percent in February, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 8.0 percent in January. The rate was 8.4 percent in February a year ago.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 8.6 percent, down from 8.7 percent in January. The rate was 9.2 percent in February a year ago.


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