The jobless rates for both metro Savannah and the coastal Georgia area have dropped for the month of April, according to State State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler
He announced Thursday that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Savannah area decreased to 8.5 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 8.6 percent in March. The jobless rate in the metro Savannah area in April a year ago was 8.3 percent.
The rate decreased because there were 1,300 new jobs added in the metro Savannah area in April, mostly in the service-related industries, including leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; educational and health services; and trade.
Meanwhile, Butler said the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the coastal Georgia area decreased to 8.8 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.0 percent in March. The jobless rate in the coastal area in April a year ago was 8.7 percent.
The lowest rate, at 7.1 percent, was recorded in metro Athens, while the highest, at 11.5 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region around Dublin.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 9.9 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point, from a revised 10.0 percent in March. The state’s jobless rate was 10.1 percent in April a year ago. The last time the state’s rate was below 10 percent was in June 2009, when it was 9.8 percent.
April marked the 43rd consecutive month that Georgia haas exceeded the national unemployment rate, which currently is 9.0 percent.
However, the last time the Georgia rate dropped over the month while the U.S. rate increased was April of last year. At that time, the state rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point to 10.1 percent, while the national rate rose one-tenth percent to 9.8 percent.