CHEROKEE — The April unemployment rate for Cherokee County fell to 6.2 percent, down four-tenths of a point from the March unemployment rate of 6.6 percent.
The April drop in unemployment follows a multi-month downward trend for the metro Atlanta area. A year ago in April, Cherokee’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent.
The Georgia Department of Labor released their seasonally unadjusted figures Thursday, showing that the metro Atlanta unemployment rate also dropped in April to 7.6 percent from 7.9 percent in March. A year ago in April, the metro Atlanta unemployment rate was 8.5 percent.
GDOL figures for Cherokee show 114,994 eligible workers and, out of those, 7,122 unemployed. This is a decrease from 7,618 unemployed in March and 8,077 unemployed a year ago in April.
Forsyth County had the lowest unemployment rate in the area at 5.8 percent for April, with Cherokee’s the second lowest in the area.
Nearby counties’ unemployment rates for April are: Bartow at 7.7 percent, Cobb at 6.9 percent, DeKalb at 8.2 percent, Douglas at 7.9
percent, Fulton at 8.3 percent, Forsyth at 5.8 percent and Paulding at 7.2 percent.
Georgia’s unemployment rate is 7.9 percent in April, down from 8.1 percent in March and 8.7 percent a year ago.
Officials at the GDOL said the decline in unemployment rates come as the number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased by 12,900 since March.
Officials said most job growth came from the professional and business services industry (5,900 jobs), the trade and transportation industry (3,700 jobs) and the leisure and hospitality industry (2,700 jobs).
Since March 2012, the metro Atlanta area has added 48,000 jobs, an increase of 2.1 percent. State labor department officials said the increase came mostly in the form of professional and business services (20,500 jobs), trade and transportation (10,200 jobs) and education and health services (8,700 jobs.) However, the number of government jobs decreased by 5,800.
Initial claims filed for unemployment insurance benefits in Cherokee fell by 56, a 10.3 percent decrease from 546 in March to 490 in April. Claims are down 24 percent from April a year ago.
Initial claims filed in the Atlanta area rose 9.1 percent from March to April, an increase of 1,563 claims.
However, there has been a 13.7 percent decrease in claims filed in the Atlanta area over the past year, down 2,982 from 21,767 since last April.
Statewide, Georgia saw an increase of 15.3 percent in unemployment insurance initial claims for April, up 5,661 from 36,983 in March.
Georgia has had a 10.2 percent decrease in claims since April a year ago, down 4,848.