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Pickens unemployment drops to 5.3 percent


     ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region for April was 5.8 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 6.2 percent in March. This is the lowest the rate has been since April 2008 when it was 5.3 percent. The rate in April 2014 was 6.7 percent.

    Pickens, which is included in the NW Georgia district saw an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent in April. A rate lower than counties to our north but a little higher than Cherokee to our south and Dawson and Forsyth to our east.
    Pickens’ rate had been 5.5 percent in March.
    The rate declined as employers laid off fewer workers. The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 899, or 22.6 percent, to 3,081 in April, down from 3,980 in March. Most of the decrease in claims came in textile manufacturing as workers who filed temporary claims in March returned to work in April. Fewer claims were also filed in construction and administrative and support services. Over the year, claims were down by 13, or 0.4 percent, from 3,094 filed in April 2014.    
    Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha and the River Valley regions had the highest at 7.3 percent.
    Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, unchanged from March. It was 7.3 percent in April 2014. 
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