Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.