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Area unemployment figures drop by roughly half a point

Unemployment rates in the Dispatch’s readership area of Crisp, Dooly, and Wilcox counties fell along with the statewide unemployment rate in February, according to the most recent data released by the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL).

Crisp County’s unemployment rate for February, the most recent month for which figures are available, fell to 4.6 percent compared to 5.3 percent for the previous month.

Dooly County’s unemployment rate for February stands at 4.2 percent, compared to 4.8 percent for January. Wilcox County’s February rate dropped to 4.7 percent compared to the county’s 5.6 percent unemployment rate in January.

GDOL reports that the statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) for February came in at 3.9 percent compared to the nationwide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) of 3.8 percent.

Read more about this story in Saturday’s print edition of the Dispatch.