In addition, initial filings for jobless benefits dropped by 73 over the month – almost 20 percent. There were 372 initial claims filed in February and 299 jobless claims filed in March, said department spokesman John Ard.
“Industries including construction, administrative and support services, and manufacturing experienced a drop in initial jobless claims over the month,” Ard said.
In March 2013, 416 initial claims were filed.
Paulding’s March jobless rate was a decrease from 6.4 percent in February and 6.5 percent in January. It also was a steep drop from 7.8 percent in March 2013, Ard said. The March rate also was lower than the metro Atlanta rate of 6.8 percent and Georgia’s statewide rate of 7.0 percent. Metro Atlanta includes 28 counties, including Paulding, which surround the city of Atlanta.
A total of 451 additional Paulding residents found work in March, Ard said, from 67,470 in February to 67,921 in March. Employed county residents increased from 67,470 in February to 67,921 in March. The number of unemployed residents declined by 41, from 4,612 to 4,571, according to labor department numbers.
March unemployment in surrounding counties included Bartow, 6.7 percent; Carroll, 7.9 percent; Cobb, 6.3 percent; Douglas, 7.1 percent; Haralson, 6.6 percent; and Polk, 6.9 percent. In the 28-county metro Atlanta area, which includes Paulding, most of the job gains were in trade, transportation, and warehousing; professional and business services; leisure and hospitality; construction; education and health services; and information services, Ard said.
Metro Dalton, at 8.6 percent, had the state’s highest metro area jobless rate while metro Athens, with a rate of 5.1 percent, was the lowest.
Paulding County – 6.3 percent
Metro Atlanta – 6.8 percent
Georgia – 7.0 percent
Source: Ga. Dept. of Labor