Metro jobless rate dips to 6.8%

5/2/2014, 6 a.m.

Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate declined to 6.8 percent in March on the strength of job creation and fewer layoffs.

The March rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from 6.9 percent in February. The rate was 8 percent in March a year ago.

The rate dipped because metro employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers, the state Department of Labor reported on April 24.

The number of jobs increased to 2,427,100 in March, up by 17,500, or 0.7 percent, from 2,409,600 in February. Most of the job gains came in leisure and hospitality, 6,200; professional and business services, 5,900; trade, transportation and warehousing, 3,700; construction, 900; government, 800; and information services, 700.

Over the year, the number of jobs increased by 51,500, or a 2.2 percent increase, from 2,375,600 jobs in March 2013.

There were 13,982 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in March, a drop of 3,915, or 21.9 percent, from 17,897 in February. There were 17,222 claims filed in March 2013.

Local data are not seasonally adjusted. Visit www.employgeorgia.com.