Jackson County’s unemployment rate slipped under six percent for the first time in years, according to figures for April released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor.
Jackson’s rate fell to 5.9 percent for April, down from 6.2 percent in March. Jackson County’s unemployment rate in April 2013 was 7.6 percent.
Georgia’s rate, meanwhile, fell two-tenths of a percent to 6.8 in April. In April 2013 its jobless rate was 7.9 percent.
Other area counties and their April unemployment rates are as follows:
•Banks, 5.3 percent, down from 5.5
•Barrow, 5.9 percent, down from 6.8
•Athens-Clarke, 5.2 percent, down from 5.4
•Hall, 5.6 percent, up from 5.5
•Gwinnett, 5.8 percent, down from 6.0
•Madison, 4.7 percent, down from 4.1
Oconee County, where the jobless rate remained at 4.0 percent for the second consecutive month, continued to have the lowest rate in Georgia. Hancock County, where the April rate of 13.9 percent was actually down from 14.8 percent in March, had the state’s highest unemployment rate.