5:09 am March 31, 2011, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 10.2 percent in February from 10.4 percent in January, the state labor department said Thursday.
A year ago, the jobless rate was 10.7 percent, the labor department said.
February’s decline was attributed to the 16,400 new jobs created. Most of those jobs were in service-related industries, construction and manufacturing, the labor department said.
The number of unemployed in metro Atlanta declined to 270,895 in February from 274,619 in January.
Of the five core metro counties, Clayton posted February’s highest jobless rate at 12.4 percent. It was followed by DeKalb and Fulton, which both had 10.5 percent rates. Cobb’s jobless rate was 9.4 percent and Gwinnett’s was 9.1 percent.
Earlier this month, the labor department reported that Georgia’s unemployment rate for February was 10.2 percent, down from 10.3 percent in January.
February marked the 41st consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.9 percent. The national rate for March will be released Friday.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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