4:39 am August 23, 2012, by Henry Unger
Layoffs in manufacturing, construction and education helped push metro Atlanta’s jobless rate to 9.3 percent in July from 9.2 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday.
The number of jobs in metro Atlanta dropped by 8,400 in July, partly because of 2,157 new layoffs in construction, education, manufacturing and administrative and support services.
The job picture has improved from a year ago when metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate hit 10.1 percent. There were 31,900 more jobs in July than in July 2011.
Still, metro Atlanta’s rate is now a full percentage point above the national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent.
In the core metro counties, Clayton posted the highest rate at 11.8 percent. It was followed by Fulton at 10.2 percent, DeKalb (9.6 percent), Cobb (8.6 percent) and Gwinnett (8.3 percent).
Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.5 percent.
Last week, the labor department reported that the state’s unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in July from 9 percent in June. The number of jobs in the state dropped by 17,900, or five-tenths of a percentage point.
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