(Atlanta)- The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that the unemployment rate in White County dropped six-tenths of a percentage point in April to 1.9 percent, which is down from the revised 2.5 percent revised March rate.

Labor Department figures show the labor force in White County in April was 17,060, of those 16,729 were employed and 331 were unemployed. White County along with Lumpkin County were among only five counties in the state with an unemployment rate below two percent.  Only Bank and Jackson Counties had a lower rate of 1.8 percent.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson said Thursday that all Regional Commissions around the state reported a drop in unemployment rates in April. In the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, the unemployment rate was down seven-tenths to 2.2 percent compared to the March rate which was 2.1 percent one year ago.

Commissioner Thompson said, “As we approach the summer months, we are optimistic that job growth will remain steady in virtually every sector in the state.”