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ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 8.4 percent in March, the lowest rate since December 2008.
The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday the rate declined because of an increase in the number of jobs and fewer new layoffs.
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"Georgia employers created 23,700 jobs last month, which is one of the best job growth numbers we've had in March for almost a decade," State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.
The growth was in several industries, led by leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.
Additional growth came in trade, transportation and warehousing; construction; and local government. The March growth pushed the number of jobs to 3,997,100, up from 3,973,400 in February.