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Jobless numbers declining in Gwinnett area

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Unemployment rates from March could indicate that a modest recovery may be building throughout Georgia, State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Tuesday.

Preliminary unadjusted figures show the unemployment rate in metro Atlanta decreased to 9.8 percent in March, down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.2 percent in February. The jobless rate in the metro area in March a year ago was 10.1 percent.

Georgia's unemployment rate was 10 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

Butler said the figures were "encouraging." The rate decreased because there were 8,600 new jobs in Atlanta in March, mostly in leisure and hospitality, wholesale trade, professional and business services, and educational and health services.

In Gwinnett County, the unemployment rate in March was 8.9 percent, just one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the national jobless rate. The percentage of jobless has fallen from 9.1 percent in February and 9.2 percent in March 2010.

Hall County's unemployment rate was slightly lower at 8.5 percent in March. Hall's unemployment rate has also dropped from 8.9 percent in February and 9.2 in March 2010.

Barrow County's rate was 9.7 percent, down from 10.1 percent in February. The unemployment rate was also 10.1 percent in March 2010.

Walton County had an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent in March, slightly lower than its rates of 10.2 in February and 10.3 in March 2010.