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Gwinnett unemployment lowest since 2008

ATLANTA -- Led by retail trade, construction, finance and insurance industries, Gwinnett's unemployment rate dropped again in April, officials from the Georgia Department of Labor said on Thursday.

The overall unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent from 7.2 percent in March, the lowest mark in the county since it was 6.5 percent in November, 2008. The county's rate in February was 7.4 percent, and in April, 2012 was 7.6 percent.

Employed residents of the county grew by 1,147 to 410,471, while unemployed residents dropped by 1,557 to 30,076.

Across metro Atlanta, the unemployment rate declined to 7.6 percent in April, down from 7.9 percent in March and 8.5 percent in April, 2012.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate in the state at 5.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.3 percent.

Industries where unemployment claims rose in Gwinnett were in accommodation, food service and professional and technical services.

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Why_not 11 months ago

That's some great news but I am surprised the "nay-Sayers" aren't accusing someone of falsifying the data......

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Jan 11 months ago

Too soon, one of the conservatives that can't stand facts is bound to respond with such negativism before this article is 24 hours old.

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CD 11 months ago

Since Mayor Shirley is currently serving time, would that officially remove her from the unemployment talley or does a stint in the prison laundry conversely place her in the employed category? Labor economics was not my strong suit.

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BSMITH97 11 months ago

What about the people that have been out of work for an extended period of time? Are they no longer being counted?

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sst 11 months ago

Love that the unemployment is going down! Hopefully I will soon find a job in my old salary range and can blow off this low paying job. In the meantime, it's better than being part of that unemployment statistic.

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Haughton 11 months ago

Good news and congratulations to Ms. Why not & Ms. Jan for finding employment. In hopes that we soon see data released that entitlements are declining with this uptick in jobs. It is always a positive to hear of contributing instead of taking.

Safe travels to all this fine Memorial Day weekend!

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Why_not 11 months ago

I am retired and haven't been looking.

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Mack711 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Did they count the actual number of residents that have stopped looking for work and their benefits have run out? probably not. Remember that you can make the numbers say anything you want them to say. How many took an early retirement to avoid being a statistic. Like Haughton said when the number of people that are recieving entitlements drops then along with the unemployment rate then we have cause to celebrate. We as a workforce can not afford to pay for those that do not much longer. Something has got to give. Also you must ask how many took lower paying jobs or are working 2 jobs just to generate income to prevent a finicial disaster.

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kevin 10 months, 3 weeks ago

These numbers are not good enough for the folks (still actually looking for work) that need to support a family.

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