Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate dips to 8.2 percent

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta 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 healthcare, 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.

Forsyth County had one of the lowest jobless rates at 6.2 percent, while Fulton County had a 9.0 percent rate.

The state’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.