4:59 am May 26, 2011, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent in April, from a revised 9.8 percent in March, the state labor department said Thursday.
A year ago, the jobless rate also was 9.7 percent, the labor department said.
A total of 16,400 new jobs were added in the metro area in April — mostly in leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.
Of the five core counties, Clayton had the highest rate at 11.8 percent. It was followed by Fulton (10 percent), DeKalb (9.9 percent), Cobb (9.1 percent) and Gwinnett (8.7 percent). The city of Atlanta posted a 10.6 percent jobless rate.
Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate for April was 9.9 percent, down from a revised 10 percent in March.
April marked the 43rd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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