According to statistics released recently by the Georgia Department of Labor, Madison County had the second lowest unemployment rate of any county in Georgia during March, the latest month for which figures are available.
Madison County’s jobless rate fell to 5.4 percent from 6.2 percent a month earlier. Oconee County's rate of 5.0 was the lowest in the state. Jackson County’s unemployment rate for March was 7.7 percent, compared to 8.2 percent a month earlier.
Throughout Northeast Georgia, the unemployment rate for March was 7.4 percent, down from 7.8 percent for February — and down from 8.4 percent in March 2012.
Other area counties and their jobless rates for March include:
•Banks, 5.8 percent, down from 6.6
•Barrow, 7.4 percent, down from 8.2
•Hall, 6.8 percent, down from 6.9
•Athens-Clarke, 6.2 percent, down from 6.4
While Madison County boasted the lowest jobless rate for March, Chattahoochee County on the Alabama border had the distinction of having Georgia’s highest unemployment rate in March at 17.1 percent — down from 18.1 percent in February.
The Metro Athens area, comprising Athens-Clarke, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties, had the lowest rate among Department of Labor regions, at 5.9 percent.
The unemployment rate for Georgia was 8.1 percent in March, down from 8.6 percent in February.
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