Unemployment rates have dipped again for Southwest Georgia and Albany according to information released by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.5 percent in March, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in February. Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.9 percent in March, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in February. The rate was 9.5 percent in March a year ago.
Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent in February. The rate was 9.1 percent in March a year ago.
While first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose slightly in Albany March to 798, up from 791 in February, they were down by 35, from 833 in March 2012. Most of the decline came in administrative and support services and accommodations and food services.
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