Columbus area's unemployment rate remains at 8.3 percent

The unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Columbus area did not change from March to April, the Georgia Department of Labor said today. Columbus’ rate stood at 8.3 percent.

That’s lower than the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April. The department reported it was 9.3 percent — a slight increase from a revised 9.2 percent in March and February.

Georgia’s unemployment rate is up from 5.8 percent in April last year. About 446,560 jobless Georgians are currently looking for employment — an increase of 60 percent from April 2008.