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Jobless numbers drop in Hinesville
Most of state experiences increase
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While jobless numbers statewide, including Coastal Georgia as a whole were up in April, the employment picture in Hinesville actually improved last month.
The Georgia Department of Labor reported Wednesday that the unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Hinesville area was a preliminary 7.3 percent in April, down from a revised 7.4 percent in March.
The GDOL report put the unadjusted rate in Coastal Georgia at 7.8 percent in April, up from a revised 7.7 percent the month before.
The Georgia Department of Labor reported recently that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in April, up slightly from a revised 9.2 percent in March and February.
The metro Savannah area rate was a preliminary 7.7 percent in April, up from a revised 7.5 percent in March.  
“The state unemployment rate has remained virtually unchanged during the past three months,” said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, “and, during the same period, the number of Georgians filing initial unemployment insurance claims has shown smaller increases than in previous months. This suggests that Georgia’s labor market may be beginning to stabilize. However, the verdict is still out.”
The state’s April jobless rate was up 3.5 percentage points from 5.8 percent at this same time last year. Georgia’s unemployment rate remained above the national rate of 8.9 percent for the 18th consecutive month.
At present, 446,560 unemployed Georgians are looking for work, an increase of 60 percent from April of 2008. Of that number, 167,981, or 37.6 percent, are receiving unemployment insurance benefits.
The number of payroll jobs in April decreased 197,100, or 4.8 percent, from April of 2008. The over-the-year losses came in manufacturing, professional and business services, including temporary employment agencies, along with trade, transportation and warehousing, and the construction industry.     
Job gainers totaling 14,200 were recorded in health care and educational services.
The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us
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