Metro jobless rate dips to 6.5 percent in April

5/23/2014, 6 a.m.

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate declined to 6.5 percent in April as employers created 18,000 more jobs.

The rate is down three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.8 percent in March. A year ago, the rate was 7.7 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor said the number of jobs increased to 2,444,300 in April from 2,426,300 in March. Most of the job gains, 6,300, came in leisure and hospitality.

Over the past five years, the area has gained an average of 13,000 jobs from March to April. Over the year, the number of jobs increased by 47,600, or 2 percent, from 2,396,700 jobs in April 2013.

There were 15,440 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in April, an increase of 1,458, or 10.4 percent, from 13,982 in March. Most of the increase, 826, came in administrative and support services.

There were 18,785 claims filed in April 2013.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.9 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.8 percent.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 7 percent, unchanged from March. The rate was 8.3 percent in April a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. For more information, visit www.dol.state.ga.us.