The jobless rate decreased while gains in the workforce were made in March across the Georgia Mountains 12-county region, which includes Hall, Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.
The March unemployment rate for the region fell by 0.2 percentage points to 3.2 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor reported. The jobless rate was 3.4 percent one year ago.
As The Times reported last month, the Gainesville metropolitan statistical area, which includes Hall County, ended March with 94,900 jobs, an increase of about 3,500 from last year, and an unemployment rate of just 3 percent.
The national rate is 3.8 percent.
“We are moving into the Spring with a strong jobs report,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a press release on Thursday, May 2. “The national economy is booming. Georgia is also producing strong numbers consistently across the state.”
The Georgia Mountains region gained 876 employed residents in March, pushing its total to 338,672 people, a figure that has steadily grown over the last year by an average of about 250 per month.
The number of unemployment claims also fell, according to preliminary figures, by about 19 percent from February to March.