The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) region for April was 6.4 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 6.8 percent in March. This is the lowest the rate has been since May 2008 when it was 6.2 percent. The rate in April 2014 was 7.5 percent.
The rate declined as the number of unemployed residents decreased to 12,887, down by 761 from 13,648 in March.
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 109, or 8.4 percent, to 1,409 in April, up from 1,300 in March. Most of the increase in claims came in administrative and support services, manufacturing, and accommodations and food services. Over the year, claims were down by 525, or 27.1 percent, from 1,934 filed in April 2014.
Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha and the River Valley regions had the highest at 7.3 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, unchanged from March. It was 7.3 percent in April 2014.