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May 23-- The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region declined to 10.3 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.4 percent in March. The rate was 10.8 percent in April a year ago.

The rate declined because fewer people were unemployed. The number of unemployed people declined by 167 to 12,746, down from 12,913 in March. And, the number of unemployed people was down by 679 from 13,425 in April 2012.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.3 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 8.2 percent, down from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 9.1 percent in April a year ago.