Originally created 04/29/00

Augusta's unemployment rate decreases for March



Augusta's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in March, down from 4.7 percent, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.

Georgia's unemployment rate was 3.4 percent, down from 3.5 percent a month earlier. It was the lowest rate ever recorded for March, Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said. In March 1999, the state's jobless rate was 4.2 percent.

Athens, at 2 percent, had the lowest jobless rate among Georgia's metropolitan areas last month. The Athens rate was down from 2.2 percent in February.

Macon, with 6.3 percent, had the highest metropolitan rate. A one-week shutdown at Macon's Brown & Williamson tobacco plant last month caused the rate to shoot up from 3.8 percent in February, labor officials said.

Here are the March unemployment rates for Georgia's other metropolitan areas, compared with the unemployment rates in February:

Albany 5.1 percent, down from 5.8 percent.

Atlanta, 2.7 percent, down from 2.8 percent.

Columbus, 4.2 percent, down from 4.8 percent.

Savannah, 3.2 percent, down from 3.4 percent.