The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Augusta's unemployment rate declined to 7.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in March. The rate was 8.2 percent in April a year ago.
The rate declined as the number of jobs in metro Augusta increased by 3,700 to 218,800, up from 215,100 in March. Most of the growth came in leisure and hospitality and trade and transportation.
Over-the-year, metro Augusta added 2,700 jobs, or 1.3 percent, from 216,100 in April 2012. Most of the growth was in trade and transportation, leisure and hospitality, and education and health services.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.3 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 8.2 percent, down from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 9.1 percent in April a year ago.