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Ga's unemployment rate declines to 8.2 percent in April

6:46 AM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.2 percent in April.

The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that the rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since December 2008, but most importantly, he said, employers created over 31,000 jobs.

Most of the job gains came in the areas of leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, trade and transportation, education and health services, and also construction jobs.

"We're seeing a lot of positives in construction," Butler said. "When we look at over-the-year growth in construction jobs, we're seeing our best numbers since 2007, which predates the recession."

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