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April 26--  The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region declined to 10.4 percent in March, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 11.1 percent in February. The rate was 11 percent in March a year ago.

The rate declined because the number of unemployed people decreased to 12,950, down by 925 from 13,875 in February. The number of unemployed people was down from 13,993 in March 2012.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.9 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent in February. The rate was 9.1 percent in March a year ago.