The county’s unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a percent last month, according to John Ard, a spokesman for the state labor department.
“From January to February this year, Douglas County’s unemployment fell from 7.6 percent to 7.3 percent,” he said.
From a numerical standpoint, February’s statistics showed the number of unemployed county residents declining from 5,135 in January to 4,933 in February.
However, Ard said, there was even better news with regard to Douglas residents filing initial unemployment claims during the same period.
“The number of initial claims filed by residents of the county declined by 178, or 27.8 percent, from 640 in January to 462 in February,” Ard said.
He added that much of the decline in initial unemployment claims came in manufacturing, administrative support and support services positions.
In Douglasville, the unemployment rate for the same period declined four-tenths of a percent.
Ard said February’s 8.4 percent was a decrease from January’s 8.9 percent.
These figures were far better than February of last year when Douglasville’s unemployment rate was 10.7 percent.
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons said part of the reason for the decline in the city’s unemployment was the result of new economic development coming to the city.
For example, Douglasville held a groundbreaking recently for Gordon Foods’ new facility in the city’s eastern industrial area near the Chattahoochee River.
“This not only means that there will be jobs available when Gordon Foods opens but there are construction jobs related to its opening,” Persons said.