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Georgia jobless rate now lowest in 3 years

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has declined for the ninth consecutive month, state labor officials said Thursday.

Georgia's April jobless rate of 8.9 percent marks the first time in more than three years the rate has dropped below nine percent, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.

The state's unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in April a year ago.

"We now have the lowest unemployment rate, the fewest unemployed workers, and the most jobs in Georgia in more than three years," Butler said in a statement. "Our job market continues to improve at a modest and steady rate."

The last time Georgia's jobless rate was below nine percent was in February of 2009, when it was also 8.9 percent.

Industries showing growth included trade and transportation; leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; construction; and education and healthcare.

While the state gained jobs overall, state and local governments shed 3,300 jobs, state labor officials said.

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kevin 2 years, 5 months ago

you might believe this if you found a job. What about the number of people that have given up? They are not in these stats.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 5 months ago

The BLS does in fact provide statistics on those that have given up - you might want to actually check them out for yourself.

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RiggaTony 2 years, 5 months ago

I find it interesting that the liberal, lying, LAMEstream news media has decided to index our current jobless rate against a stat from 3 years ago, instead of reaching back 4 years into the Bush administration. That's probably because the economy was as strong as it ever has been and the unemployment rate was nearly 0% (the only people without jobs were lazy welfare takers) under the previous Republican leadership. But now that a democrap is in charge, they need to make sure we forget about how good we had it under Bush.

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