Atlanta metro unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in July, down from 8.8 percent in June, according to a report from the Georgia Department of Labor released today.
While the government "shed" 10,800 jobs since June, the private sector added positions in construction, 3,200; trade and transportation, 2,700; education and health services, 1,400; leisure and hospitality, 1,200; information services, 700; manufacturing, 600; and financial services, 300.
The metro Atlanta unemployment rate a year ago in July 2012 was 9.3 percent. The annual increase in jobs came from professional and business services, 22,700; trade and transportation, 13,600; education and health services, 13,200; leisure and hospitality, 11,500; construction, 7,100; information services, 4,700; and financial services, 2,700.
The state seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July is 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in June.
Both Georgia and metro Atlanta area unemployment rates are much higher than the national 7.4 percent.