Unemployment Rates Down in April

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.1 in March and 5.4 in April 2016.

There were 15,179 more Georgians employed in April than in March, pushing the total number to another record of 4 million 778,503.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that although there were fewer available jobs in April, all the other numbers looked good for Georgia.

The labor force, which includes employed residents and those who are unemployed and looking for jobs, grew by 10,545, bringing the total to a little over 5 million.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance also declined by 13.5 percent, and is now at its lowest point since May 1998.

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