Augusta jobless rate improves



The jobless rate in metro Augusta was lower than both Georgia and South Carolina in April.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thurs­day that the unemployment rate declined to 7.6 percent in April, down from 7.9 percent in March.

The rate was 8.2 percent in April a year ago.

The rate declined as the number of jobs in metro Augusta increased by 3,700 to 218,800, up from 215,100 in March.

Most of the growth came in leisure and hospitality and trade and transportation. The Masters Tournament traditionally adds jobs to the metro area in April.

South Carolina was at 8 percent in April; Georgia at 8.2 percent.

The rate declined in four of the area’s six counties. Burke County is the only one in the metro area above 10 percent.



Richmond: 8.8 percent, down from 8.9 percent in March, down from 9.5 percent in April 2012

Columbia: 6.3 percent, up from 6.1 percent in March, down from 6.4 percent in April 2012

McDuffie: 9.1 percent, up from 8.6 percent in March, up from 8.7 percent in April 2012

Burke: 11.1 percent, down from 12.1 percent in March, down from 11.2 percent in April 2012

Aiken: 6.8 percent, down from 7.7 percent in March, down from 7.7 percent in April 2012

Edgefield: 7.3 percent, down from 8.2 percent in March, down from 8.6 percent in April 2012


Sources: Georgia Department of Labor, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce