ATLANTA — Metro Hinesville’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 8 percent from February to March, but it was down from 8.6 percent in March a year ago, according to a Georgia Department of Labor report last week.
While the March rate was unchanged, Hinesville employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers.
The number of jobs increased to 19,900 in March, up by 100, or 0.5 percent, from 19,800 in February. The job gains came mostly in the service-related industries. Over the year, the number of jobs was unchanged at 19,900.
There were 123 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in March, a drop of 15 from 138 in February. Most of the decline in claims came in professional and technical services. There were 271 claims in March 2013.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was
7 percent, down from 7.1 percent in February. The rate was 8.4 percent in March a year ago.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.employgeorgia.com.