As of Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The state’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent in March to 8.4 percent, the lowest rate since December 2008, officials said.
The Georgia Department of Labor released the data early Thursday.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down from 8.6 in February, and down from 9.1 percent in March 2012. Labor officials cited fewer layoffs and an increase in jobs as contributing to the lower rate. It remains higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.
“Georgia employers created 23,700 jobs last month, which is one of the best job growth numbers we’ve had in March for almost a decade,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said. “The growth was in several industries, led by leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.”
The Labor Department said 2,300 construction jobs were also created along with 4,400 in trade, transportation and warehousing.
March data for Gwinnett is not yet available.