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Georgia Unemployment Down to 8.2%

May 17, 2013 -- 1:54pm

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

Another month of strong economic data has been released by the Georgia Department of Labor showing some of the best unemployment figures for the state since the early days of the recession.

From March to April the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 8.4% to 8.2%, considerably lower than the 9.1% in April last year and the best state-wide mark since December 2008. Georgia added more than 31,000 jobs last month, many in the construction industry which has experienced its best year-to-year job growth since 2007.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia’s economy would recover more quickly if not for regulations imposed by the federal government;

"I think if Georgia is left to our own designs I think we are well on our way to a really good recovery.  Most of the complaints that I hear right now from Georgia businesses across the state have more to do with alot of the more heavier-handed regulation side from the federal government.  I believe if we saw a little bit better cooperation out of the federal government along with the good atmosphere we provide for businesses here in Georgia from the state-side, I think we would really see the economy improve at a lot quicker rate." 

On the negative side layoffs increased by nearly 5,700 from March to April, though Butler says it’s common for that to occur this time of year, possibly due to the end of income tax season.

County-by-county unemployment data will be released by the Georgia Labor Department next week.
 

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