The April rate decreased by four-tenths of a percent from 6.3 percent in March, and was at its lowest level since it was 5.4 percent in May 2008, said Georgia Department of Labor spokesman John Ard.
Paulding’s April rate was 1.5 percent lower than its April 2013 rate of 7.4 percent.
Unemployment was down over the month despite employed Paulding residents only increasing by 33, from 67,880 in March to 67,913 in April. Most of the increase was in retail trade, and real estate and leasing, Ard said.
The county’s labor force – the total of all residents working or actively seeking work – decreased over the month from 72,440 in March to 72,207 in April. The number of unemployed residents dropped by 266, from 4,560 to 4,294.
Paulding’s unemployment rate was lower than all of its neighboring counties. Area rates ranged from 7.6 percent in Carroll County, to 6.1 percent in Cobb County.
The decline in Paulding’s unemployment rate was even sharper than the 28-county metro Atlanta region, of which Paulding is a part.
The region’s unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a percent, from 6.8 percent in March to 6.5 percent in April. The rate was 7.7 percent in April a year ago.
Unemployment declined because metro Atlanta employers created 18,000 more jobs, according to a labor department news release.
Most of the job gains came in leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; construction; government; education and health services; financial services; and trade, transportation, and warehousing.
However, 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 in claims came in administrative and support services; trade, transportation and warehousing; and accommodations and food services.
Georgia’s April unemployment rate was 7.0 percent, unchanged from March. The rate was 8.3 percent in April a year ago.