Area unemployment rate drops for March

Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:31 AM
Last updated 4:09 PM
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The March unemployment rate for metro Augusta was 8.8 percent, the

Georgia Department of Labor reported this morning.

That’s a decline from the 9.0 percent rate in February.

The jobless rate for the six-county area was higher than March 2008, which was 5.3 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.2 percent. The labor department noted the significance of that by saying this is the first time in 20 months that the rate did not increase over the previous month.

The metro area includes Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, and Richmond counties in Georgia and Aiken and Edgefield counties in South Carolina.

According to data released this morning, there are 22,739 unemployed people in the area.

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

Richmond County had 9.6 percent unemployment, unchanged from February.

Burke County had the highest percentage at 12.5 percent in March.

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