4:22 am January 27, 2011, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate remained stuck at 10.2 percent from November to December, the state labor department said Thursday. A year ago, it was 10.1 percent.
The number of unemployed workers in the area fell slightly to 270,900 — down 639 from November, the labor department reported.
But 31,319 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in December — an increase of 10.6 percent from November.
Among the five core metro counties, Clayton had the highest jobless rate at 12.6 percent. It was followed by Fulton (10.6 percent), DeKalb (10.4 percent), Cobb (9.5 percent) and Gwinnett (9.1 percent).
Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in December, from 10 percent in November. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, trade, construction, and administrative and support services.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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