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Metro Savannah unemployment rate dips in March

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Georgia Department of Labor says the unemployment rate for metro Savannah was 7.4 percent in March, down from 7.7 percent in February. 

That's way down from 8.3 percent in March a year ago. The rate declined because of an increase in the number of jobs and fewer new layoffs. 

The number of jobs in metro Savannah increased to 158,000, up by 500 from 157,500 in February. Most of the growth came in leisure and hospitality and professional and business services, along with mining, logging, and construction, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. 

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.9 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent. 

Meanwhile, Georgia's unemployment rate for March was 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent in February. The rate was at 9.1 percent in March a year ago.

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