The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Hinesville’s unemployment rate for March was 6.5 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from
6.8 percent in February. The rate in March 2014 was 8 percent.
The rate declined as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 98 to 2,092 from 2,190 in February, partially because employers laid off fewer workers.
There were 10, or 7.9 percent, fewer new claims for unemployment insurance filed in March, as the number declined to 117 from 127 in February. Most of the decrease in claims came in retail trade. Over the year, claims were down by six, or 4.9 percent, from 123 filed in March 2014.
The number of jobs in Hinesville was unchanged at 20,000 from February to March. However, there was an over-the-year gain of
500 jobs, or 2.6 percent, from 19,500 in March 2014. Most of the job growth came in the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction, along with the federal and local government.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was
6.3 percent, unchanged from February. It was 7.3 percent in March 2014.