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Georgia's jobless rate drops to 8.2%

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ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped to 8.2 percent in April.

That's down from 8.4 percent in March, and 9.1 percent a year ago.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new numbers Thursday morning.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Georgia's unemployment rate is now the lowest it has been since December 2008.

He said Georgia employers created more than 31,000 jobs in April.

Georgia Job Gains/Losses

Metro Area

Gains/
Losses

Change

April
2012

April
2013

Atlanta

48,200

2.1%

       2,345,900

       2,394,100

Athens

1,500

1.7%

           87,300

           88,800

Augusta

2,700

1.3%

         216,100

         218,800

Savannah

1,600

1.0%

         157,600

         159,200

Macon

900

0.9%

           98,000

           98,900

Valdosta

500

0.9%

           54,400

           54,900

Albany

0

0.0%

           61,200

           61,200

Rome

0

0.0%

           38,700

           38,700

Gainesville

-100

-0.1%

           75,100

           75,000

Columbus

-200

-0.2%

         120,300

         120,100

Brunswick

-200

-0.5%

           40,800

           40,600

Dalton

-500

-0.8%

           63,900

           63,400

Hinesville

-200

-1.0%

           20,000

           19,800

Warner Robins

-600

-1.0%

           60,100

           59,500

Statewide

69,400

1.8%

     3,957,500

     4,026,900

Source: Workforce Statistics & Economic Research Georgia Department of Labor