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Athens unemployment rate increased last month, while available jobs, labor force continued to rise

Eric Prouzet

The Athens unemployment rate saw a slight increase last month, while the number of jobs and the labor force continued to rise.

Athens recorded an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent in March, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate is up two-tenths of point over the course of the month, but is the same rate as March of 2023.

The Athens labor force, number of employed residents and number of jobs all increased from February to March and also increased from the same time last year. The state of Georgia also reported a 3.1% unemployment rate, seven-tenths of a point lower than the national rate.

“Georgia’s job market is red hot with opportunity,” said Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson. “This continuous growth is a strong indicator that our economic momentum is not slowing down any time soon. Once again, Georgia continues to shatter records in growing businesses statewide and creating jobs for hardworking Georgians.”

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