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Alpharetta's Jobless Rate Lowest in Georgia, With Roswell Close Behind

North Fulton cities have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

Since Alpharetta's daytime population is almost double the number of people who live in the city, it's not really a surprise that the city had the lowest unemployment rate for October of any municipality in Georgia at 6.1 percent.

That doesn't make the 1,926 city residents who were unemployed last month happy.

The Georgia Department of Labor released labor force data today, and other North Fulton cities fared relatively well also. Roswell's 6.4 percent jobless rate was second out of the cities of 25,000 people or more that the department measures.

Sandy Springs is just a tick away at 6.5 percent. Johns Creek had the highest rate in North Fulton at 7 percent, a drop of one-tenth, though that was far below East Point's 12.4 percent jobless rate. And the Fulton city just south of I-20 saw a four-tenths of a percentage point drop from September. Atlanta's overall jobless rate in both Dekalb and Fulton was down two-tenths to 10.4 percent, with the Fulton part highest at 10.6.

Fulton County's jobless rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 9 percent in October.

The addition of almost 20,000 jobs helped drop metro Atlanta's preliminary unemployment rate to 8.2 percent in October. A year earlier the rate was 9.4 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta was down one-tenth of a percentage point from September 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 health care: up 2,600;
  • Accommodations and food services: up 2,200;
  • Local government: up 2,200;
  • Technology: 1,400;
  • Construction: 1,200;
  • 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.
Metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.2 percent, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point. You probably won't be moving to Dalton for a job, which had the highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent.

Georgia’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.
Statewide, 36,000 jobs were added in October, bringing the total to 3,971,700. Over the year, Georgia gained 68,000 jobs, or 1.7 percent, from 3,903,700 in October 2011.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.

Jobless Rates in Fulton County

Alpharetta           6.1%

Atlanta              10.4

East Point          12.4

Johns Creek         7.0

Roswell               6.4

Sandy Springs     6.5

Fulton County     9.0

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