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Bartow Unemployment Rate Falls Below 7 Percent

The county's rate hovered at 6.7 percent in March, slightly lower than the metro Atlanta rate of 6.8 percent.

The jobless rate for Bartow County fell last month, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor. 

The county's rate in March was 6.7 percent, down from 7.3 in February and 8.3 at this point last year.

Bartow's rate declined along with the Atlanta region. Atlanta's rate fell from 6.9 percent in February to 6.8 percent in March. The rate was 8.0 this time last year.

Metro Atlanta employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers last month, the labor department said.

The number of Metro Atlanta jobs (2,427,100) rose 0.7 percent from February (2,409,600), and new unemployment claims fell from 17,897 to 13,982. Most of the job gains came in leisure & hospitality, professional & business services, and trade, transportation & warehousing, the labor department said.

The jobless rate in Georgia fell last month, too.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 7.0 percent, down from 7.1. The rate was 8.4 percent last year at this time.

Note: Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available atwww.employgeorgia.com

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