By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
The latest round of statewide jobs data continues the trend of showing that things are improving more right now for workers in Georgia than they are nationwide.
The Georgia Department of Labor unveiled the news Thursday that the unemployment rate in March dipped to 8.4%, down from 8.6% in February. Georgia added almost 24,000 jobs during the last month. Perhaps even more encouraging is that many of those new jobs are in the construction industry, one of the hardest hit areas of the economy since the recession hit in late 2007. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the report for March is positive;
"Our initial claims number, which signifies new layoffs, is actually down. It's actually down to it's lowest point that we've seen since September 2007, so that's very good news. That means less people are getting laid off, coupled with job growth...good for Georgia."
The total number of jobs in Georgia is up about 2% from March 2012 to March 2013, a percentage representing about 76,000 jobs.
March also was the 11th consecutive month the long-term unemployment rate has dropped.
The full county-by-county unemployment report for March will be released next Thursday April 25th.
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