ATLANTA — Georgia’s unemployment rate has fallen to 8.6 percent, its lowest level in four years, state labor officials reported.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February was the lowest since January 2009, down from 8.7 percent in January, authorities said.
I give the credit to Georgia employers who continue to create jobs and lay off fewer workers,” Mark Butler, the state labor commissioner, said Thursday. “In fact, there were fewer workers laid-off and filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance in February than since before the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007.”
The number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased from 2.31 million in February 2012 to 2.37 million last month, figures from the Labor Department show.
In metro Savannah, jobs increased from 153,500 to 157,100 during the same period. Metro areas including Athens, Augusta, Brunswick, Macon, Gainesville and Rome also showed job gains during the past year. The Columbus, Dalton and Warner Robins areas experienced slight declines in job numbers over the past year.
Statewide, there were 3.98 million jobs in February, an increase of 19,300 from 3.96 million in January, labor officials said.
Most of the recent job growth came in professional and business services; education and health care; and information services, officials said.