4:46 am May 27, 2010, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell dramatically in April — to 9.8 percent from 10.4 percent in March, the state labor department reported today.
Metro Atlanta’s rate is now lower than the state’s — 10.4 percent — and the nation’s — 9.9 percent, the labor department said. Until now, Atlanta’s jobless rate during this recession has generally been higher than the nation’s.
But unemployment in the metro area remains very high and well above April 2009, when it stood at 8.6 percent.
Still, the job market now appears to making progress.
The number of unemployed workers in April in the metro area decreased to 261,748 — down nearly 15,000 from March.
Also in April, 29,361 laid-off workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. That was a decrease of 14.4 percent from April 2009.
What’s more, the number of payroll jobs in metro Atlanta increased by 18,100 or 0.8 percent in April vs. March. A total of 2,264,800 are now working.
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