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Georgia jobless rate drops below double digits in April
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Georgia jobless rate drops below double digits in April

ATLANTA -- Georgia's unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in April.

This is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.0 percent in March.

"Not only is this the first time in nearly two years that Georgia's unemployment rate has dipped into the single digits, but this is also the third consecutive month of job growth," said state labor commissioner Mark Butler. "This developing trend shows increasing confidence in the economy."

The last time the state's rate was below 10 percent was in June 2009, when it was 9.8 percent.

There were job increases over both the month and year. April saw the addition of 3,834,100 payroll jobs, up 30,1000 from March.

Most of the new jobs were added in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, trade, educational and health services, and construction.

The number of long-term unemployed workers continues to decline. There were 254,800 long-term unemployed Georgians in April, down 6,700 from March.

However, the number of long-term unemployed remains 18.4 percent higher than the 215,100 in April 2010.

The long-term unemployed account for 55.1 percent of Georgia's 462,370 jobless workers.

April marked the 43rd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

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