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Hall County's jobless rate steady in February
Unemployment stays at 7.6 percent in metro Gainesville, down statewide
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ATLANTA — The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Gainesville was unchanged at 7.6 percent from January to February, Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

The jobless rate in metro Gainesville, which includes all of Hall County, was 8.8 percent in February 2011.

Georgia’s February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent, the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent. That is a decline of one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.2 percent in January. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent in February a year ago.

Statewide, the rate went down because the number of jobs in February increased by 15,600 to 3,880,400, with 70 percent of the growth coming in the private sector. Also, newly revised numbers show the state gained 41,800 jobs in the past 12 months.

The employment sectors showing growth over the year were: professional and business services, 28,000; retail trade, 12,700; education and health care, 8,300; and manufacturing, 4,200.

Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 7.0 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.3 percent.

The preliminary jobless rate in the Georgia Mountains area declined to 8.1 percent in February, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 8.2 percent in January. The jobless rate in the region in February a year ago was 9.2 percent.

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