Augusta's March jobless rate improves

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.

COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT

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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