Augusta area jobless rate fell in March

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The unemployment rate for metro Augusta fell in March.

The rate for the six-county area was 8.8 percent, a decline from 9 percent in February, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

The Augusta area unemployment rate for March 2008 was 5.3 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.2 percent, the first time in 20 months that the rate did not increase over the previous month.

Columbia County led the area with the lowest rate at 6.7 percent, down from February.

Richmond County had 9.6 percent unemployment, unchanged from February.

Aiken County recorded an 8.6 percent jobless rate.