Columbus metro area rate drops to 8.4 percent in March with workforce growing by 300 jobs

tadams@ledger-enquirer.comApril 25, 2013 

The Columbus metro area unemployment rate took a dip to 8.4 percent in March, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

That's down from 8.8 percent in February and compares to an 8.7 percent jobless rate in March of last year.

The metro area added 300 jobs from February to March, the department said, with the workforce now at 119,700. The job creation came in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and local government.

The city also saw 639 fewer residents on its unemployment rolls in March, with the total now at 10,985.

The metro area with the lowest jobless rate in March was Athens at 5.9 percent, while Dalton was the highest at 10.4 percent.

The department reported last week that Georgia's overall unemployment rate in March was 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent in February. for March was 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent in February. The rate was 9.1 percent in March a year ago.

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