Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate drops to 9 percent in February

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 9 percent in February, from a revised 9.1 percent in January, the state labor department said Thursday.

A year ago, metro Atlanta’s jobless rate was 9.9 percent.

The rate declined because there were fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade and administrative and support services, the labor department said.

Among the core metro counties, Gwinnett had the lowest rate at 8 percent. Cobb was next with 8.4 percent, followed by DeKalb (9.4 percent), Fulton (9.8 percent) and Clayton (11.4 percent).

The city of Atlanta’s jobless rate was 11.3 percent in February, down from 11.7 percent in January and 12.3 percent a year ago.

Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s unemployment rate fell for the seventh straight month to 9.1 percent. It matched the lowest rate since March 2009.

Still, both the local and state unemployment rates remain considerably higher than the national rate of 8.3 percent.

Statewide, the rate went down because the number of jobs in February increased by 15,600 from January, reaching a total of 3,880,400. Over the past 12 months, the state gained 41,800 jobs.

The employment sectors showing growth over the year were: professional and business services, 28,000 jobs; retail trade, 12,700; education and health care, 8,300; and manufacturing, 4,200.

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Obama Supporter

March 29th, 2012
5:55 am

That stimulus is working !

Allie F.

March 29th, 2012
6:41 am

The question is….what kind of jobs? And where?


March 29th, 2012
6:54 am

Only 9% unemployment this month!!! YES!!! The hundreds of billions of taxpayer bailouts and giveaways to GM, Goldman and GE must be trickling down somehow!!! YES!!! The economic people in DC—genius!!! Give them a huge raise and fat bonus!!!! 9%!!!!!!! YES!!!!


March 29th, 2012
7:03 am

Last month the Georgia DOL reported 83,700 jobs added year over year from Jan.’11 – Jan.’12. Now, according to this report, we’ve added only 41,800 jobs from Feb.’11 – Feb.’12, These numbers change so much from month to month, which begs the question — “Are they even reliable?”

New Normal

March 29th, 2012
7:17 am

Companies will not go back to over employment after discovering they can squeeze more from fewer people. This recession taught some lessons to big business that will be in place for years to come. If you want to make a future for yourself, do it yourself with your own company.

Vote in 2012

March 29th, 2012
7:22 am

Thank you President Obama! It was broke but now it’s fixed!


March 29th, 2012
7:45 am

If everyone enjoys being snowballed…that 9% drop is probably the 9% that has exhaused all of their benefits. When it is published that only 8.5% of the country is unemployed, there is misrepresentation…it should be published that only 8.5% of the country is receiving unemployment benefits, the rest are either working or on public assistance, or homeless!

Butch Cassidy

March 29th, 2012
7:56 am

9% – “Only 9% unemployment this month!!! YES!!! The hundreds of billions of taxpayer bailouts and giveaways to GM, Goldman and GE must be trickling down somehow!!! YES!!! The economic people in DC—genius!!! Give them a huge raise and fat bonus!!!! 9%!!!!!!! YES!!!!”

Hey moron, you do realize that the article is about METRO ATLANTA right? Before you leave the double wide in the morning, take a little time to practice your reading and comprehension skills.

Free Enterprise

March 29th, 2012
8:46 am

Next month some new data will come out that says unemployment is up just like last month. Meanwhile, people are having to make the decision do I eat or put gas in my car?

Never believe what you read and only half of what you see….SMH @ the media


March 29th, 2012
10:47 am


March 29th, 2012
11:13 am

I’ve had one interview this whole year and it was for a non-benefited, temporary position. Where are these jobs and what kind of jobs are they? Its a pretty sad state of affairs when we get excited about 9 percent unemployment. It really shows you how bad this economy still is. The Obama recession with $4 a gallon gas and high unemployment is going strong.

Need Work

March 29th, 2012
11:19 am

I Have been out of work for months and before that I was out for year and 1/2. so where are the jobs?


March 29th, 2012
11:23 am

There’s definitely been a pick up in hiring, at least in professional jobs. I have friends that are suddenly getting calls from recruiters and getting immediate responses when sending resumes. It’s been a long time since that sort of thing was happening.

I’m also starting to see some “hiring” signs in the doors of restaurants and stores around here (North Fulton). First time since like 2008.


March 29th, 2012
11:59 am

It’s good to be a 1%er. The rest of you can suck eggs.

Al Sharton

March 29th, 2012
12:04 pm

The unemployment is caused by Zimmerman!

No justice, no peace.


March 29th, 2012
12:11 pm

$4.00 gas and no good jobs anywhere. I need a drink.

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March 29th, 2012
12:19 pm

I really question the accuracy of these numbers. Many folks (including myself) are no longer eligible for gov’t assistance so we are no longer being counted. The job market has changed very little in the past 1-2 years, and despite good faith efforts to find employment, it still isn’t easy!


March 29th, 2012
12:23 pm

Whoop de doo! Unemployment DROPS .1 % – unfortunately unemployment is STILL double the average over the last 20 years. We are STILL in a recession and your so called stimulus is costing the tax payers approximately $90,000 per job created (which is usually a temp job) and pays the worker about $24,000 per year. Does spending $90,000 to create a temporary $24,000 job make sense? Common sense says the stimulus that cost billions more to the national debt is a failure.


March 29th, 2012
12:52 pm

When unemployment %’s were rising, none of the local trailer-dwellers questioned their validity; it was simply “President Obama’s fault”. Now that unemployment is decreasing, suddently the methodology, logic and calculations are “all wrong”… how convenient..please go back to your trailers and sit down somewhere. Or possibly take a statistics or finance course.


March 29th, 2012
1:14 pm

These numbers are accurate. A year or 2 ago my wife couldnt get anyone to call her back, but she has had 3 jobs since then. The latest she got in 28 days!
With the first job her position was eliminated and the last one she quit. She emailed and faxed resumes’ for three weeks and got three interviews. She took one of the jobs. DILIGENCE INSTEAD OF BLAMING AND POUTING IS WHAT GOT HET ANOTHER JOB. THEY ARE OUT THERE IF YOU WANT TO WORK!


March 31st, 2012
2:38 pm

Obama support, the stimilus failed. Official unemployment maybe 9% however you forget the hundred and thousands that are running out of benefits and are dropped off the official statistics. You also forget the college graduates that have not found a job and were never counted in the unemployment figures. You forget the thousands of people that decided to just retire because they could not find a job or the ones that are trying to get disability benefits.

Barack Obama, fraud, fake and fool.


March 31st, 2012
2:43 pm

GetaJob, your wife maybe an exception and not the norm. Because my job ended over a year ago, when and if I get an interview employers ask why have you been out of work even though I tell them our company merged and moved out of state and I have been taking classes to stay educated. Then the employer asks why are you taking classes so they its a no win situation with some employers, and even some are telling recruiters to send only employed people, unemployed no matter your situation no need to apply.


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