The preliminary unadjusted Savannah metro area unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 9.0 in February, according to data released Thursday for the Georgia Dept. of Labor. That's down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in January.
The rate drop is a result of fewer layoffs in construction, retail trade, and administrative and support services. Jobs increased by 800 in February, according to state labor dept. data.
Unemployment rates dropped in 20 of the state's 25 local areas, and five areas' rates remained unchanged. Athens had the lowest rate at 7.7 percent.
Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 10.2 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point, from a revised 10.3 percent in January. That rate remained unchanged in February 2010.