Metro Augusta’s unemployment rate at 8.5 percent in April

Unemployment in the Augusta metro area declined for a second month.

The Georgia Department of Labor reported this morning that the unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Augusta area was a preliminary 8.5 percent in April, down from a revised 8.8 percent in March. It was 9 percent in February.

Meanwhile, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in April, up slightly from a revised 9.2 percent in March and February.

Georgia’s unemployment rate remained above the national rate of 8.9 percent for the 18th consecutive month.

The labor department reported 446,560 unemployed Georgians are looking for work, an increase of 60 percent from April of 2008.

April’s unemployment rates for the Georgia counties that make up the metro area:

Richmond County: A rate of 8.7 percent, down from 9.4 percent in March.

Columbia County: A rate of 5.9 percent, down from 6.6 percent in March.

Burke County: A rate of 10.3 percent, down from 12.3 percent in March.

McDuffie County: A rate of 9.3 percent, down from 9.9 percent in March.

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