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Coastal Georgiaís unemployment rate declines in April, up over the year

POSTED: June 7, 2008 5:00 a.m.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia area declined to 4.4 percent in April, down one-tenth of 1 percent from a revised 4.5 percent in March. However, the rate was up from 3.4 percent in April 2007.
Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate declined to 5.0 percent in April, down two-tenths of 1 percent from a revised 5.2 percent in March. However, the rate was up a full percentage point during the year, from 4.0 percent in April 2007.   
The current state rate, which is two-tenths of 1 percent higher than the U.S. unadjusted rate of 4.8 percent, continued to top the national rate for the third consecutive month.    
While data released last week showed a rise in unemployment insurance claims, preliminary data from March to April show Georgia gained 5,300 payroll jobs, an increase of one-tenth of 1 percent. The data includes workers who hold more than one job.
Georgia labor market data are not seasonally adjusted and are available at
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