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Alpharetta's Jobless Rate Jumps to 5.4 Percent

Alpharetta has the second lowest unemployment rate in north Fulton County.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file
The city of Alpharetta saw its unemployment rate climb during the month of January. That's according to preliminary figures released on Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The city's rate jumped to 5.4 percent, up from 4.6 percent in December 2013. That spike did not cause the current rate to surpass the January 2013 rate of 6.4 percent, however. 

Numbers for the city of Milton are not provided by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Unemployment rates for surrounding cities for the month of January include Dunwoody at 5.3 percent, Johns Creek at 5.8 percent, Kennesaw at 7.3, Marietta at 7.2, Roswell at 5.2 percent and Sandy Springs at 5.7 percent. 

The metro Atlanta unemployment rate also rose in January to 7.2 percent from 6.8 percent in December.

The Georgia Department of Labor said the metro rate increased because the area lost mostly 39,700 seasonal jobs, and the total number of jobs dipped to 2.40 million from 2.44 million in December. 

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