Bartow County’s unemployment rate declined to 8.8 percent in September from 9.2 percent in August. The September unemployment rate was down 1.2 percentage points from 10 percent in September 2011.
The northwest Georgia area declined to 8.8 percent in September, down five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.3 percent in August. The rate was 10.3 percent in September 2011.
The rate declined in northwest Georgia primarily because the number of unemployed people decreased by 1,843. Also, the number of employed people increased by 5,326.
The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta declined to 8.4 percent in September, down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.8 percent in August. The rate was 9.7 percent in September 2011.
The metro-Atlanta rate declined primarily because of 4,446 fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services, plus 31,606 more people were employed.
Metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.2 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point 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 actually gained 61,800 jobs since the 3,877,600 in September of 2011, climbing to 3,939,400.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us
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