4:59 am October 27, 2011, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate stayed at 10.3 percent in September — unchanged from a revised 10.3 percent in August, the state labor department said Thursday.
There has been no improvement from a year ago when the metro area’s jobless rate in September 2010 was also 10.3 percent, the labor department said.
Among the core metro counties, Clayton had the highest unemployment rate at 12.8 percent. Fulton was next with 10.8 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.5 percent), Cobb (9.5 percent) and Gwinnett (9.2 percent).
The city of Atlanta posted a jobless rate of 11.5 percent in September. That was down from 11.7 percent in August, but up from 11.3 percent a year ago.
Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in September, up from 10.2 percent in August.
September was the 50th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.
Georgia’s rate increased because of a loss of 15,100 jobs from August and because many new job seekers have been unable to find work.
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