Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 10.4 percent in July, from 10.5 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday.
There has been no improvement in the jobless rate from a year ago, when it also was 10.4 percent.
The July rate dipped because there were 14,000 more people employed, the labor department said. And there were fewer layoffs in health care and social assistance, educational services, and accommodations and food services.
Among the core metro counties, Clayton posted the highest jobless rate at 13 percent. It was followed by Fulton (10.9 percent), DeKalb (10.7 percent), Cobb (9.5 percent) and Gwinnett (9.2 percent).
Unemployment in the city of Atlanta was 11.6 percent in July, down from 11.7 percent in June.
Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in July, from 9.9 percent in June.
The July increase was due primarily to the traditional seasonal layoffs, with about 80 percent of them in state and local education, the labor department said.
July marked the 48th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.
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