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Forsyth County's Jobless Rate Drops to 6.4 Percent

Forsyth's unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percentage point from August's revised rate of 6.8 percent.

A smaller percentage of Forsyth County's labor force was jobless in September than August, and its 6.4 percent unemployment in September was the lowest rate of nearby counties reported by the Georgia Department of Labor today.

Cherokee and Hall Counties are just slightly higher at 6.7 percent, and Dawson County at 7.0 percent. While North Fulton's unemployment rate was relatively low, the overall Fulton County rate was much higher at 9.2 percent.

County

Labor Force

Rate

Cherokee

114,187

6.7%

Dawson 11,479 7.0

Forsyth

92,392

6.4%

Fulton

457,162

9.2%

Hall 94,208 6.7%

In nearby cities, Gainesville's rate dropped to 7.6 percent, Alpharetta's rate declined to 6.3 percent, Roswell's rate dropped to 6.5 percent and while Johns Creek had a bigger drop of five-tenths of a percentage point, it has the highest unemployment rate of North Fulton cities at 7.2 percent.

City Labor Force Rate Alpharetta 31,281 6.3% Gainesville 16,130 7.6% Johns Creek 36,814 7.2% Roswell 49,385 6.5%

The GDOL als reports the preliminary unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains area declined to 7.2 percent in September, down five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in August. The rate was 8.5 percent in September 2011.

The rate declined primarily because the number of unemployed people decreased by 1,507, while the number of employed people increased by 2,879.  

The metro Atlanta unemployment rate also declined to 8.4 percent in September from a revised 8.8 percent in August.

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.

If you are looking for a job, you'll probably skip metro Dalton, which had the state's highest at 11.2 percent. That's 2.2 percent higher than Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.0 percent in September.

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.
In metro Atlanta, the number of jobs decreased to 2,335,700 in September, down by 5,100 from August, but up by 31,400 from 2,304,300 in September 2011.

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