ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Albany's unemployment rate is at its lowest point in nearly 7-years.
The Department of Labor announced today metro Albany's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in April. It hasn't been that low since August 2008.
Construction is underway at Albany Fish Company on Dawson Road.
Less than six months after it opened, the restaurant is already expanding, adding a seating and bar area that will seat 50 people. It's a project owner and Head Chef Glenn Singfield said was based off customer demand.
" When we started we just wanted to be a takeout restaurant offering good food and fresh seafood at all times, but customers were like look Glenn we want to sit down and eat with you and we had to give them what they ask for,” said Glenn Singfield II- Albany Fish Company, Owner.
The restaurant created 10 jobs in Albany.
"I take pride to be able to add jobs to the community,” continued Singfield.
Albany/Dougherty EDC officials credit the expansion of existing businesses and some new business growth for the unemployment decline.
“Our manufacturers are producing at great rates and offer stable employment. We've also seen a lot of new retail growth in Albany," said Justin Strickland, President of Albany/Dougherty EDC.
They're also seeing more Mom and Pop Stores. City Commissioner and business owner B.J. Fletcher says more of them are succeeding.
"I've got friends that run corporate stores and they are amazed that the Mom and Pops are running neck and neck with them because that's almost unheard of," said B.J. Fletcher.
Since Opening Open Roads Smokehouse in January she's hired 14 people, but she says there's still more work to be done in the community.
" You know young kids that's just getting out of school, they want summer jobs. I don't think we have many summer jobs for them and to keep the kids off the streets. We've got to put them into businesses," said Commissioner B.J. Fletcher.
The unemployment rate for Southwest Georgia in April sits at 6.8 percent that's down from 7.1 percent in March.