The Georgia Department of Labor has released unemployment figures for April and things are getting better in Southwest Georgia.
Southwest Georgia saw its rate decrease to 7.5 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.8 percent in March. The rate was 8.3 percent in April a year ago while Albany's unemployment rate decreased to 7.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in March. The rate was 8.7 percent in April a year ago.
Rates dropped in Southwest Georgia due to the decrease in unemployed residents while Albany's drop was attributed to the creation of 200 new jobs.
There were 2,928 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in April, which is up from 1,131 in March, with the increase blamed on poultry processing layoffs.