Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell substantially in September, to 8.4 percent from a revised 8.8 percent in August, as fewer workers were laid off and more were hired, the state labor department said Thursday.
There were 4,446 fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services, the labor department said. Also, 31,606 more people were employed.
The jobless rate has declined significantly from a year ago when it was 9.7 percent.
In the core metro counties, Clayton had the highest unemployment rate — 10.5 percent. Fulton was next with 9.2 percent, followed by DeKalb (8.9 percent), Cobb (7.7 percent) and Gwinnett (7.4 percent).
Statewide, metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.2 percent.
Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate declined to 9 percent in September from 9.2 percent in August. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in September a year ago.
While the state lost 400 jobs from August to September, it gained 61,800 jobs since September, 2011.
The jobless rates in the state and metro Atlanta are still considerably higher than the national rate, currently 7.8 percent.