Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate falls to 8.2 percent in October

Employers in metro Atlanta stepped up hiring in October — partly for the holidays — pushing down the area’s unemployment rate to 8.2 percent, from 8.3 percent in September, the state labor department said Thursday.

There was an increase of 19,500 new jobs in metro Atlanta in October, which boosted the total number of jobs by 0.8 percent from September.

The growth came in a wide variety of industries. Retail gained 5,900 jobs; professional, scientific, and technical services was up 2,800; education and health care — up 2,600; accommodations and food services — up 2,200; local government — up 2,200; technology — up 1,400; construction — up 1,200; and financial services — up 800.

Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate has fallen from 9.4 percent a year ago, as the number of jobs increased by 33,700, or 1.5 percent.

In the core metro areas, Clayton County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.5 percent. It was followed by Fulton at 9 percent, DeKalb (8.8 percent), Cobb (7.5 percent) and Gwinnett (7.3 percent).

Statewide, metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.2 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.3 percent.

Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate declined to 8.7 percent in October, from 9 percent in September. The jobless rate was 9.7 percent a year ago.

Statewide, the number of jobs increased by 36,000, or 0.9 percent, from September to October. Over the past year, Georgia gained 68,000 jobs, or 1.7 percent, from October 2011.

Still, the unemployment rates for Georgia and metro Atlanta trail the national rate, currently 7.9 percent.

declined to 8.2 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in September. The rate was 9.4 percent in October 2011.

The rate declined because of an increase of 19,500 new jobs in metro Atlanta. There were 2,353,500 jobs in October, up eight-tenths of a percentage point, from 2,334,000 in September. The growth came in retail trade, up 5,900; professional, scientific, and technical services, up 2,800; education and health care, up 2,600; accommodations and food services, up 2,200; local government, up 2,200; technology, 1,400; construction, 1,200; and financial services, 800. In one year’s time, jobs were up in metro Atlanta by 33,700, or 1.5 percent, from 2,319,800 in October 2011.

Metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.2 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.3 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.7 percent in October, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in September. The jobless rate was 9.7 percent in October a year ago.

Statewide, there were 3,971,700 jobs in October, up 36,000, or nine-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,935,700 in September. Over the year, Georgia gained 68,000 jobs, or 1.7 percent, from 3,903,700 in October 2011.

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November 22nd, 2012
8:05 am

atlanta continues to struggle and be behind other cities economically…Atlanta the new Detroit in the making


November 22nd, 2012
8:38 am

These numbers are fraud they are not an accurate count of how many people are out of work, it does not count the people that ran out of unemployment benefits and are still looking.


November 22nd, 2012
9:03 am

Yes, Atlanta has and will struggle compared to many cities that are doing better but conversely it is also doing better than many other cities too.
Regarding your “…Detroit in the making.”: Get a grip.

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November 22nd, 2012
9:35 am

Expect to see the unemployment rate continue to drop in 2013. I have talked with many recruiters from major employers, and not so major, that they have so much business they can’t keep up with demand. As a result they have to do a lot of hiring. Of those I have talked with most are hiring starting in January of 2013. I will put in one caveat, a person had better have technical skills or you’re going to get left behind. I just got hired at a tech firm. The job starts in the middle of December. They have so much demand that they had to create an entire department and expand all of the others.

James Jordan

November 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

Hooray, the economy is growing – no it ain’t!

Seasonal jobs do not a growing economy make – wait until the February numbers come out, the unemployment numbers will be back up to nine percent again!

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November 22nd, 2012
11:57 am

I read a lot of cities’ papers online, and I notice all cities have a faction of posters who call their town the “new Detroit.” Dare I say all of these people are misers (miserable) in general. Then there’s the crew who always screams “these numbers are fake! they don’t include the people no longer looking…” – well, guess what, the formula for the unemployment rate has not changed. Though I loathe this cliche’ – - – in this case, it is what it is.


November 22nd, 2012
1:53 pm

Always good news. We’ve come a long way from doling out billions in repayment-free bailout to Goldman-Sachs, under Repub/Bush…after they chose to spend borrowed BILLIONS so Iraqi Muslims could vote. Contrast that to the efforts repubs made so Americans could not vote in America. Give thanks to an economy that is moving forward, instead of bleeding out, under Repubs nation-building mindset.

Elections Have Consequences

November 22nd, 2012
4:40 pm

Pity, even on Thanksgiving you can’t escape from the lunacy…

Keeping It Real

November 22nd, 2012
4:45 pm

Y’all just don’t get it. Maybe the Republicans will start hiring again since the low unemployment rate trump card didn’t work in the Presidential election. That was Romney’s only chance since he’s a successful businessman. He had no other strengths. The Democrats knew it and the Republicans knew it too!


November 22nd, 2012
10:26 pm

@Don – too true. Fraud numbers is right. You think this is bad? Wait when obamacare kicks in.


November 22nd, 2012
10:27 pm

@Keeping it Real – Sad. You really don’t see it. Keep watching your paycheck. Strengths? Exactly what strength does hussein obama have? He talks the talk.


November 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

When Obama isn’t President any more, then who are you going to blame your troubles on?

He’s POTUS, not a dictator and as such is not responsible for EVERY SINGLE THING that goes wrong in the lives of those who continue to blame him for every thing. Do what YOU can do to make your lives and the lives of the people around you better and happier!


November 24th, 2012
12:21 pm

thats funny Beck I bet you are one of those people that blames Bush for everything,but when we have a liberal President we cant blame him for anything


November 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

You want smaller government and less intrusion into your lives … yet you want the government to somehow create jobs? Really? Explain that please.


November 26th, 2012
2:12 am

Don, it’s quite true that the numbers used don’t show the true state of affairs, but that has always been the case, at least in recent decades. I wish they would use more accurate measures, but there is also something to be said for consistency.

Nancy J.

November 26th, 2012
1:30 pm

These numbers are far from accurate. I have been searching for any job for 2 years. I was injured on my job and was refused workman’s comp and unemployment benefits. I am a 56 year old widow. i have exhausted all my resources, and am facing homelessness.the Carroll County “Employment” Office refused me any assistance in re-training,assessment testing, etc. I was told, “you can get on one of our computers and look for a job”. That is all I got for waiting in line for 2 freekin’ hours! I hate this country and this “government!