While its labor force grew, more Bartow County residents were employed in September than in August, dipping the preliminary jobless rate to 8.8 percent.
The county added 376 to its labor force and nearly 200 more to the employment rolls, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor. Bartow's preliminary September unemployment rate is down from a revised 9.2 percent in August and 10 percent a year earlier.
The preliminary rate in northwest Georgia also declined—to 8.8 percent in September from a revised 9.3 percent in August—primarily because the number of unemployed people decreased by 1,843. Also, the number of employed people increased by 5,326, according to a GDOL press release.
Metro Atlanta's jobless rate dropped to a preliminary 8.4 percent in September from a revised 8.8 percent in August maily because of 4,446 fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services, plus 31,606 more people were employed.
Metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.2 percent.
Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in August. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in September a year earlier.
While the state lost 400 jobs from August to September, it actually gained 61,800 jobs since the 3,877,600 in September of 2011, climbing to 3,939,400.