Augusta's March jobless rate improves

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The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Augusta declined to 8.6 percent in March, down from a revised 9.1 percent in February.

The jobless rate in metro Augusta in March a year ago was also 8.6 percent.

According to the department, the rate decreased because there were fewer layoffs in construction, manufacturing, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and administrative and support services.

All six counties in the metro area declined, but only Columbia County was lower than the state jobless rate of 9.0 percent.

Across the river, both Aiken and Edgefield counties remained lower than the South Carolina rate of 8.9 percent, according to data from the Department of Employment and Workforce.

Comparing Georgia metro areas, Athens had the lowest area rate at 6.7 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.6 percent.


Richmond County: 9.9 percent in March, down from 10.3 percent in February, up from 9.8 percent in March 2011

Columbia County: 6.8 percent in March, down from 6.9 percent in February, up from 6.6 percent in March 2011

Burke County: 11.1 percent in March, down from 11.4 percent in February, up from 10.4 percent in March 2011

McDuffie County: 9.5 percent in March, down from 10.4 percent in February, down from 10.1 percent in March 2011

Aiken County: 8.0 percent in March, down from 8.9 percent in February, down from 8.6 percent in March 2011

Edgefield County: 8.8 percent in March, down from 9.8 percent in February, up from 8.7 percent in March 2011

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TParty 04/26/12 - 09:56 am
I see

I see communities/developments for going up all the time in Augusta. Is the city growing in population? Does that mean Augusta is increasing jobs at a faster rate for the increase of people moving to Augusta?

countyman 04/26/12 - 12:06 pm
The city, county, and metro

The city, county, and metro are growing in population.. Speaking of new communities the growth along Gordon Hwy between Jimmie Dyess and Harlem/Grovetown is pretty impressive.. I noticed there's a planning & zoning sign for one family residential on Jimmie Dyess.. The sign is located on the other side of Jimmie Dyess across from Zaxby's and Elderberry...

TParty 04/26/12 - 06:27 pm
You're not kidding,

You're not kidding, countyman. Eldeberry is still growing, the community right from it- being built by Crown is growing. Gordon Highway is growing very quickly, all the way from gate 1, down past gate 2. It's crazy, and I wonder why so many homes are being built, and I worry about value of homes when people want to sell.

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