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.