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Georgia unemployment rate at lowest in more than three years

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Georgians are continuing to go back to work, according to the latest numbers from the state Department of Labor.

State labor commissioner Mark Butler said the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down for the ninth month in a row for April. At 8.9 percent, it's the first time in more than three years the rate has been below nine percent.

The jobless rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in March. The rate was 9.8 percent in April of last year.

Butler said, "We now have the lowest unemployment rate, the fewest unemployed workers, and the most jobs in Georgia in more than three years," said Butler. "Our job market continues to improve at a modest and steady rate."

The Department of Labor reports the last time unemployment in Georgia was below nine percent was in February 2009. There were 423,495 unemployed workers in Georgia in April, which is the fewest since January 2009.

Job growth in the state is up eight-tenths of a percentage point. Butler said this was due to growth in trade and transportation, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, construction and the education and healthcare industries.

One area which declined was in state and local government, which lost 3,300 positions.

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