Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 4.8 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has declined to 4.8 percent.

That's down from 5.2 percent in March.

The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new rate of 4.8 percent, which is from April.

Labor officials say the rate declined as employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers.

Elsewhere in Georgia, metro Gainesville had the state's lowest area jobless rate at 4.2 percent.

The local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted.

Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April was 5.5 percent, unchanged from March. It was 6.1 percent in April 2015.