4:58 am September 22, 2011, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 10.4 percent in August from 10.3 percent in July, the state labor department said Thursday.
There has been no improvement from a year ago when the local jobless rate was also 10.4 percent.
The rate increased this August because there were more layoffs in construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodation and food services, the labor department said.
Clayton had the highest jobless rate among the core metro counties — 13 percent. Fulton was next with 11 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.8 percent), Cobb (9.6 percent) and Gwinnett (9.3 percent).
The city of Atlanta’s jobless rate hit 11.7 percent in August, up from a revised 11.5 percent in July.
Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s jobless rate rose to 10.2 percent in August from 10.1 percent in July.
August marked the 49th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.
– Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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