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ATLANTA — Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rockdale County saw its unemployment rate and number of unemployment claims fall in March.

Rockdale also posted monthly losses in labor force, while the number of employed residents increased in March, preliminary numbers show.

“We are moving into the spring with a strong jobs report,” Butler said. “The national economy is booming. Georgia is also producing strong numbers consistently across the state.”

The unemployment rate fell in March. The rate dropped 0.3 percentage points in March, settling at 4.1%. A year ago, the rate was 4.6%.

The labor force decreased in March by 97. The March total was 44,878. That number is down by 135 from the total from March 2018.

Rockdale ended March with 43,036 employed residents. The number increased by 37 in March and 73 as compared to last March.

The number of unemployment claims fell in March by 15 percent. When compared to last March, claims were down by 8%.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 573 active job postings in Rockdale for March.

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Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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