4:31 am November 24, 2011, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 9.9 percent in October from 10.2 percent in September, the state labor department said Thursday.
There also was a decline from a year ago when the jobless rate was 10.2 percent.
The last time metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate was under 10 percent was in May, when it was 9.7 percent.
October’s rate dropped because the number of jobs increased by 13,900 in the metro area, the labor department said. Most of the growth was in service-related industries, such as professional and business services, trade, transportation, warehousing, education and health services.
In the core metro counties, Clayton posted the highest October jobless rate at 12.3 percent. Fulton was next with 10.4 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.2 percent), Cobb (9.1 percent) and Gwinnett (8.8 percent).
The city of Atlanta’s unemployment rate was 11 percent, down from 11.5 percent in September and 11.2 percent a year ago.
Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 7.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.7 percent.
Last week, the labor department said holiday hiring helped push down Georgia’s unemployment rate to 10.2 percent in October from 10.3 percent in September, as well as from October a year ago.
The rate dropped because Georgia added 26,500 jobs, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from September. While growth came in several sectors, 12,200 of the jobs occurred from early hiring in retail, transportation and warehousing, as employers prepared for the holiday season, the labor department said.
October was the 51st consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.
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