4:48 am June 23, 2011, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate increased to 9.7 percent in May — up from a revised 9.6 percent in April, the state labor department said Thursday.
There has been little progress from a year ago when the jobless rate was 9.8 percent.
The rate rose in May because:
– More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force looking for work, the labor department said. While about 15,000 of them found a job, about 6,000 did not.
– Also, metro Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs. An increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs, the labor department said.
Among the core metro counties, Clayton had the highest rate at 12 percent. It was followed by both Fulton and DeKalb at 10.1 percent. Cobb posted 9.2 percent, while Gwinnett’s rate was 8.8 percent.
The city of Atlanta had a 10.6 percent jobless rate.
Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in May. It was the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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