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Georgia's unemployment rate declines in February

5:20 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA - Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 8.6 percent in February, the lowest rate since January 2009, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in January and six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in February a year ago.

State Labor Commission Mark Butler said the unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in more than four years. Butler said fewer workers were laid-off and filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance in February than since before 2007.

There were 3,975,700 jobs in February, an increase of 19,300 from 3,956,400 in January. Most of the job growth came in professional and business services, 7,500; education and health care, 4,300; and information services, 4,200.

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