The Georgia Department of Labor said the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate went down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.9 percent in September. The number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 254,874, down 7,397 from 262,271. The metro jobless rate in October 2009 was 10.3 percent.
In DeKalb County, initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits stood at 3,934 in October, down 47 – or 1.2 percent – from 3,981 in September. In October 2009, there were 4,476 initial claims.
The state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was unchanged at 9.9 percent from September to October. The rate was 10.2 percent in October 2009. This is the 37th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, currently 9.6 percent.
Although the state’s jobless rate was unchanged, the number of payroll jobs increased 22,300, or six-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,815,400 in September to 3,837,700 in October. In metro Atlanta, the number of payroll jobs increased 12,500, from 2,261,900 in September to 2,274,400.
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