Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 10.4 percent in March — a significant drop from a revised 10.7 percent in February, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.
The number of unemployed workers in the metro area decreased to 277,953 — down 7,423 from February, according to the Labor Department.
In March, 9,900 jobs were added in metro Atlanta. That was an increase of four-tenths of a percentage point, bringing total employment to 2,247,000, the Labor Department said.
In March, 32,647 laid-off workers in Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. That was an increase of eight-tenths of a percentage point from February. But it was a decrease of 13.5 percent from March 2009.
Previously, the Labor Department had reported that the state’s unemployment rate rose to a record 10.6 percent in March — up from 10.5 percent from February. That marked the 30th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national rate, which was 9.7 percent.
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