Unemployment rates in Macon and Warner Robins declined in March, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
The rate in metro Macon was 8.5 percent in March, down from 9 percent in February, according to a news release. The rate was 9.6 percent in March a year ago.
The number of unemployed people decreased by 566 to 9,617 from 10,183 in February. Also, there were fewer new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits which were down by 100 from February.
The unemployment rate in metro Warner Robins was 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.2 percent in February, the release stated. The rate was 7.5 percent in March a year ago.
The rate in Warner Robins fell because the number of unemployed people decreased by 272 to 4,877 from 5,149 in February. Initial claims for benefits fell by 34 from 399 in February.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate in the state at 5.9 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent, the release stated.
Meanwhile, Georgias seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent in February. The rate was 9.1 percent in March a year ago.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.