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April jobless numbers drop a little in area
ATLANTA - The preliminary, unadjusted unemployment rate in Coastal Georgia declined to 8.6 percent in April, down six-tenths of a percentage point in March, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
That is below numbers statewide. The DOL reported the seasonally adjusted statewide rate declined to 10.4 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.5 percent in March.
In the Coastal region, the revised March rate was 9.2 percent. In Savannah, the numbers were 8.3 percent in April, down five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.8 percent in March.
This is the 31st consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national jobless rate, which is now 9.9 percent. The state's April jobless rate was up 1.2 percentage points from 9.2 percent at this same time last year.
The number of unemployed workers in the metro area decreased to 2,619 down 157 from 2,776 in March. The number of unemployed workers in the region decreased to 27,143 down 1,670 from 28,813 in March. The jobless rate in the Coastal area in April 2009 was 7.6 percent.
Statewide, 60,661 laid-off workers filed initial claims, a decline of 23,685, or 28.1 percent, from 84,346 filed in April 2009. Most of the first time claims were filed in trade, manufacturing, construction, and administrative and support services.
The state showed a modest increase in new jobs in April for the third consecutive month. The number of jobs increased 26,900, or seven-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,794,700 in March to 3,821,600. However, the number of jobs remains less than in April 2009, when there were 3,912,700 payroll jobs, 2.3 percent or 91,100 more than this year.
Local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at


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