The Columbus metro area unemployment rate dipped slightly in April, the Georgia Department of Labor reported today.
The local rate was 5.1 percent, down from 5.4 percent in March. It is higher than the 4.6 percent rate reported in April a year ago.
Georgia as a whole saw its jobless rate drop from 5.2 percent in March to 5 percent in April. A year ago the state's rate was 4 percent.
The national unemployment rate is 4.8 percent.
Preliminary data show Georgia gaining 5,300 payroll jobs in April, the department said.
The Columbus work force total held steady at 121,000.