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Labor Dept. Unveils February Data

Mar 21, 2013 -- 1:42pm

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

The Georgia Department of Labor has issued their unemployment figures for the month of February and the numbers are encouraging on many levels.

Following the rise in unemployment and the drop in the number of jobs in the state for January, the post-Christmas sag was replaced by an uptick in hiring last month. Unemployment went from 8.7% in January to 8.6% in February, and is now at its lowest level in over four years. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says while he’s pleased with the progress, Georgia is still in a recovery period after the employment highs experienced before the recession;

"We're starting to see our over-the-year job growth get back to some pre-recession levels and that's always a good sign.  We still have a long way to go to get back to where we were at the height of employment in Georgia.  But as we see things improve, I think we'll continue to see a slow but steady increase in jobs around Georgia."   

Georgia added more than 19,000 jobs in the month of February. The number of long-term unemployed workers also decreased in the state for the 10th consecutive month.

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