The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 5.9 percent in April, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.4 percent in March. The rate in April 2015 was 6.6 percent.
The number of unemployed people decreased by 864 to 8,572. Southwest Georgia's labor force decreased by 2,072 to 145,624.
Metro Albany's unemployment rate for April was 6 percent, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.5 percent in March. The rate in April 2015 was 6.7 percent.
The rate declined as the number of jobs increased by 500, or 0.8 percent, to 62,300 in April. Most of the increase came in the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction, along with retail trade and state government.
Over the year, Albany gained 1,200 jobs, a 2 percent growth rate, up from 61,100 in April 2015. Most of the job gains came in the service-related industries such as retail trade and to a lesser degree in manufacturing.
Albany's labor force decreased by 521 to 66,058.
Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April was 5.5 percent, unchanged from March. It was 6.1 percent in April 2015.