4:21 am October 28, 2010, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 10 percent in September, from 10.3 percent in August, the labor department said Thursday.
“While the local unemployment rate dropped, the change was primarily due to people leaving the workforce, often because of their inability to find work, rather than an increase in hiring,” state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement. When people leave the workforce, they are no longer searching for work, so they are not counted as unemployed.
The number of unemployed workers in the metro area declined to 265,295 in September, down 8,755 from August, the labor department said.
The number of payroll jobs decreased by 4,000 in September to stand at 2,265,300.
On the positive side, 26,658 laid-off workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits — a decline of 21.7 percent from August.
Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s jobless rate was 10 percent in September. It was the 36th straight month that the state’s rate exceeded the national rate, currently 9.6 percent.
Statewide, most of the first-time claims for unemployment benefits were filed in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, administrative and support services, and construction, the labor department said.
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