Douglasville beat out Atlanta's unemployment rate, with the Douglas County seat recording an 11 percent jobless rate in Feburary. That was two-tenths of a percent better than the state capital.
But the city's unemployment rate jumped almost one percent in a month, rising from 10.1 percent in January according to figures released today by the Georgia Department of Labor. And the jobless rate is just three-tenths of a percent better than a year ago.
Out of the 15,487 people in the labor force, 1,701 of them were unemployed in February.
Douglas County's unemployment rate was considerably better, with 8.8 percent of the workforce counted as jobless. The jobless rate dropped four-tenths of a percent from January. But that was scant comfort for the 6,065 people without jobs in February.
The couty's labor force fell by more than 500 people from January to February. That helped offset the smaller number of people who had jobs month to month. Bu that might not be good news. Those "lost" workers might simply no longer be counted as part of the labor force because they've been out of work for so long.
Johns Creek 7.0
Sandy Springs 6.5
Metro Atlanta 8.3
Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate declined to 8.3 percent in February, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in January. The rate was 9.3 percent in February a year ago.
The rate declined because the number of jobs increased and there were fewer new layoffs, which were represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits.
The number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased by 6,400, climbing to 2,369,000 from 2,362,600 in January. Most of the growth came in professional and business services, 5,000, and education and health care, 2,500. Some seasonal jobs were lost in trade, transportation, and warehousing.