The unemployment rates for metro Macon and Warner Robins decreased in February.
The Macon rate was 7.5 percent in February, down from 7.8 percent in January, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate was 9.1 percent in February a year ago.
The rate declined because Macon employers created 400 new jobs and reduced the number of new layoffs by 28.7 percent, the release stated.
The number of jobs in Macon increased to 98,000 in February, up from 97,600 in January. Over the year, the number of jobs increased by 200 from 97,800 in February 2013.
There were 914 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in February, a drop of 368 from 1,282 in January. There were 954 claims in February 2013.
The unemployment rate for metro Warner Robins decreased to 6.4 percent in February, down from 6.7 percent in January, the release stated. The rate was 7.3 percent in February a year ago.
The rate declined because there were 200, or 37.5 percent, fewer new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance. There were 333 new claims filed in February, down from 533 in January. There were 399 claims in February 2013.
The number of jobs in Warner Robins decreased to 58,100 in February, down from 58,200 in January. There were 59,800 jobs in February 2013, 2.8 percent fewer than this past February.
In the state, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.7 percent.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.employgeorgia.com
To reach writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.