Atlanta jobless rate drops to 8.2%
by The Associated Press
November 22, 2012 11:00 PM | 396 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — The preliminary unemployment rate for metro Atlanta dropped to 8.2 percent in October, Georgia labor officials said.

That is down from 8.3 percent in September and 9.4 percent in October 2011.

The new numbers were announced early Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The rate declined because of an increase of 19,500 new jobs in metro Atlanta, officials said.

There were 2.35 million jobs in October, up from 2.33 million in September. During a one-year period, jobs were up in metro Atlanta by 33,700 — or 1.5 percent — from 2.32 million in October 2011, official said.

Among other metro areas, the Athens area continued to have the lowest jobless rate at 6.2 percent.

Metro Dalton had the highest unemployment rate of 11.3 percent.

Statewide, unemployment remained high in large parts of Georgia, figures showed.

Several east Georgia counties had some of the highest unemployment rates in the state in October. They included Hancock County (23.3 percent); Jenkins County (16.6); Warren County (16.1); Jefferson County (14.4); and Johnson County (14.1).

Other counties with high jobless rates included Chattahoochee County in west Georgia (18 percent); Telfair County in south Georgia (15.3); and Macon County in the west central part of the state (15.4).

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