Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell substantially in March to 9.8 percent, from 10.2 percent in February, the state labor department said Tuesday.
The jobless rate decreased because 8,600 new jobs were created in March — mostly in leisure and hospitality, wholesale trade, professional and business services, education and health, the labor department said.
“The unemployment rate decreased in Atlanta, as well as in all of the state’s other 24 local areas,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “This is encouraging, and hopefully indicates that a modest recovery may be building throughout the state.”
A year ago, metro unemployment was 10.1 percent.
For the five core metro counties, Clayton had the highest jobless rate at 11.9 percent. Fulton was next at 10.1 percent, followed by DeKalb at 10 percent. Cobb posted 9.1 percent and Gwinnett 8.9 percent.
Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate fell in March to 10.0 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from February.
March marked the 42nd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.8 percent.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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