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Unemployment declines in region

 Northwest Ga. unemployment rate declines to 6.8 percent in March

March2014-unemployment The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region (which includes Pickens County) decreased to 6.8 percent in March, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in February. The rate was 8.3 percent in March a year ago. Pickens County was on average with its own unemployment rate projected at 6.8 percent.

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The rate declined because employers in the Northwest Georgia area laid off fewer workers. There were 3,534 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in March, a drop of 3,312, or 48.4 percent, from 6,846 in February.  Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing, construction, and administrative and support services. There were 4,588 claims in March 2013.



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. 

Meanwhile, 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. 

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at 


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