Alpharetta's unemployment rate bumped up to 5.5 percent last month from 5.4 percent in February. The city's rate remains lower than the 6 percent tallied in February.
For Milton's part, the city's jobless rate last month was 5.6 percent, up slightly from 5.5 percent in February. Milton's rate at this time last year was also 6 percent.
The cities' rates were also below the region's rate of 6.8 percent in March, which was down a hair from 6.9 percent in February. A year ago, the rate stood at 8 percent.
Metro Atlanta employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers last month, the labor department said.
The number of Metro Atlanta jobs (2,427,100) rose 0.7 percent from February (2,409,600), and new unemployment claims fell from 17,897 to 13,982. Most of the job gains came in leisure & hospitality, professional & business services, and trade, transportation & warehousing, the labor department said.
The jobless rate in Georgia fell last month, too.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 7.0 percent, down from 7.1. The rate was 8.4 percent last year at this time.Note: Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available atwww.employgeorgia.com