Atlantans are continuing to return to work, according to the latest numbers on unemployment from the Georgia Department of Labor.
Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate for the metro Atlanta area was down to 8.4 percent in September. This was four-tenths of a percentage point lower than in August, at 8.8 percent.
The jobless rate was 9.7 percent in September 2011.
Butler attributed the decline to 4,446 fewer layoffs in several fields including manufacturing, construction and trade. The DOL said 31,606 more people were employed this month.
The metro area with the lowest unemployment was Athens at 6.4 percent, and metro Dalton had the highest at 11.2 percent, Butler said.
Across the state of Georgia, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down to 9 percent for September, which is down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in August. The DOL said Georgia's jobless rate spiked at 9.8 percent one year ago.
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