4:40 am December 22, 2011, by Henry Unger
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell sharply to 9.2 percent in November from 9.9 percent in October, the state labor department said Thursday.
Although the local figure is not seasonally adjusted, the jobless rate declined substantially from November of last year, when it was 10.3 percent.
The unemployment picture improved because the number of jobs increased by 13,300, the labor department said.
Most of the growth was in private service-related industries, such as trade, transportation, warehousing, professional and business services, education, health care and financial services.
Also, there were fewer layoffs in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, administrative and support services, and accommodation and food services, the labor department said.
Among metro Atlanta’s core counties, Clayton had the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent. Fulton was next with 9.6 percent, followed by DeKalb (9.5), Cobb (8.4) and Gwinnett (8.2).
In the city of Atlanta, the jobless rate was 10.3 percent in November, compared with 11 percent in October. A year ago, it was 11.4 percent.
Last week, the labor department reported Georgia’s unemployment rate, which is seasonally adjusted, had its largest one-month decline since 1977. It fell to 9.9 percent from 10.2 percent in October. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in November a year ago.
The state rate dropped because of an increase of 22,400 jobs. In addition to retail trade, growth also came in financial and business services, education and health care.
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