Figures released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor indicate that Jackson County’s jobless rate fell slightly to 6.4 percent in February. Its unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in January and was 8.2 percent in February 2013.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in February, down two-tenths of a percent from January.
Other area counties and their February unemployment rates include:
•Banks, 5.6 percent, up from 5.5 in January
•Barrow, 6.6 percent down from 6.9
•Athens-Clarke, 5.3 percent, down from 5.7
•Hall, 5.6 percent, down from 5.9
•Madison, 5.3 percent, down from 5.4
Oconee County, at 4.0 percent (down from 4.1 in January), continued to have the state’s lowest rate, while Jenkins County’s 14.1-percent rate, was the highest.