Joblessness decreased from 8.4 percent in March to 7.9 percent in April — the lowest Douglas County rate since November 2008, according to labor analyst Corey Smith of the Georgia Department of Labor.
Unemployment in April 2012 was 8.9 percent.
A total of 177 more Douglas County residents found work in April, with the number of employed rising to 63,236 in April.
The number of unemployed decreased by 383. However, the labor force – the total of all working or making themselves available for work – dropped by 206 to 68,646 in April.
Initial claims for jobless benefits decreased by 37 to 475 in April. Initial filings dropped between the two months in the construction, professional and technical services, and retail trades industries, Smith said.
April’s unemployment was the lowest since the November 2008 rate of 7.5 percent, when the county had almost 3,000 fewer residents — 65,729 — in the labor force.
As usual, Douglas County’s unemployment rate was above its northern neighboring counties, and below its southern neighbors.
Southern neighbors Carroll County recorded a 9.2 percent jobless rate, while Fulton County was at 8.3 percent in April.
Northern neighbors Paulding County recorded a 7.2 percent jobless rate, while Cobb County recorded a 6.9 percent rate – both below the statewide rate of 7.9 percent.
A separate report on unemployment in Georgia’s cities showed Douglasville with a rate of 9.3 percent in April, a decrease from 10.1 percent in March.