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Jobless rate unchanged in metro Gainesville
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ATLANTA — The metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate stayed the same at 5.5 percent from February to March, but it was down from 6.8 percent a year ago, the Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

While the March rate was unchanged, Gainesville employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers.

The number of jobs increased to 77,300 in March, up by 200, or 0.3 percent, from 77,100 in February. The job gains came mostly in trade and transportation and the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction. Over the year, the number of jobs increased by 1,300, or 1.7 percent, from 76,000 in March 2013. Most of the increase came in trade and transportation, local government, and the goods producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction.

There were 567 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in March, a drop of 44 from 611 in February. Most of the decline in claims came in construction and administrative and support services. There were 729 claims in March 2013.

The jobless rate in the Georgia Mountains region was unchanged at 6.0 percent from February to March. It was down from 7.1 percent a year ago.

Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 7.0 percent, down from 7.1 percent in February. The rate was 8.4 percent in March a year ago.

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