4:49 am March 10, 2011, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate rose to 10.4 percent in January, from 10.1 percent in December, the state labor department said Thursday.
Unemployment increased because of layoffs in manufacturing, construction and administrative and support services, the labor department said.
A year ago, the rate was 10.7 percent.
In January, Clayton County posted the highest jobless rate in the metro area at 12.7 percent. Fulton was next at 10.7 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.5 percent), Cobb (9.6 percent) and Gwinnett (9.3 percent).
Georgia’s rate for January, which was released last week, was 10.4 percent. That tied an all-time high.
January was the 40th consecutive month that Georgia’s rate exceeded the national rate, which is currently 8.9 percent.
Earlier this week, a Manpower employment survey forecast an improvement for the second quarter in the metro area.
From April to June, 19 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 8 percent expect to cut staff, Manpower said. Another 70 percent expect to maintain their current staff levels, while 3 percent are not certain of their hiring plans.
This yields a positive 11 percent outlook for next quarter — compared with a positive 3 percent in the first quarter, Manpower said.
For Georgia, the outlook for the upcoming quarter is a positive 10 percent, Manpower said.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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