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Paulding sees lowest jobless rate since ’08
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
June 05, 2013 09:11 AM | 1484 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The April unemployment rate in Paulding County dropped to its lowest level since late 2008, said state labor analyst Corey Smith.

Unemployment decreased from 7.7 percent in March to 7.2 percent in April, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

“Industries including retail trade, and administrative and support services, all saw initial filings for unemployment insurance benefits drop over the month,” he said.

The April rate was the lowest since the November 2008 rate of 7 percent.

Employment numbers increased to 67,860 in April 2013 from 67,670 in March.

With the decrease in unemployment there was also a decrease in the county’s labor force from 73,276 in March to 73,122.

There were 5,262 unemployed in April compared to 5,606 in March. Jobless claims were down from 416 in March to 400 filed in April.

“The March to April unemployment rate decreased as the number of employed residents grew and unemployed residents declined over the month,” Smith said.

In November 2008 there were 67,848 residents in the labor force, 63,076 employed and 4,772 unemployed.

Paulding’s April rate was lower than all but one neighboring county.

Rates included Bartow County at 7.7 percent; Carroll at 9.2; Cobb at 6.9; Douglas at 7.9; Haralson at 8.3 and Polk County at 7.6 percent.

Oconee County had the lowest unemployment in the state with a 4.6 percent rate, and Chattahoochee County had the highest with a 16.8 unemployment rate.

Metro Atlanta saw a decrease in unemployment with a 7.6 percent rate in April, down from 7.9 in March.

Georgia’s unemployment dipped to 8.2 percent in April from 8.4 percent in March.
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