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Clayton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in March
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Clayton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in March

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta decreased to 9.8 percent in March.

This is down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

Metro Atlanta's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in March 2010.

"The unemployment rate decreased in Atlanta, as well as in all of the state's other 24 local areas," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. "This is encouraging and hopefully indicates that a modest recovery may be building throughout the state."

The rate decreased because there were 8,600 new jobs in Atlanta in March, mostly in leisure and hospitality, wholesale trade, professional and business services, and educational and health services.

The lowest rate, at 7.3 percent, was in Metro Athens, while the highest rate was in the Heart of Georgia (Altamaha region around Dublin): 11.7 percent.

Clayton County's unemployment rate was 11.9 percent.

March marked the 42nd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.8 percent.

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