090715 - Atlanta- Tranzina "Nicole" Thompson, right, from Decatur, looks over job listings at the Georgia Department of Labor booth. She has been out of work for six months. Job seekers were lining up before 8am for the Atlanta Diversity and Professional Job Fair held from 10am to 2pm today at the Galleria in Cobb County. The Georgia Department of Labor posted a state unemployment rate of 10.1%, above the national average. Wednesday, July 15 2009. Bob Andres, email@example.com
By Michael E. Kanell
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The jobless rate in metro Atlanta jumped to 10.7 percent in June, up more than
a point from May, the state Labor Department said Thursday.
The leap from a revised 9.5 percent in May reflects a continued wave of job
cuts and only modest hiring in the few sectors that are growing.
Metro Atlanta has now shed almost 200,000 jobs during the past year, according
to the department. An estimated 285,158 people in metro Atlanta are
Atlanta, which represents more than half the state’s workforce, has had a
jobless rate about the same as the state’s in recent months. But in June,
metro Atlanta’s rate climbed ahead of the state rate, which rose to 10.1
The Atlanta rate has now matched its peak in the aftermath of the 1990-91
recession, while the state rate is a record high.
The metro Atlanta rate is still below the all-time high of 12.6 percent
reached in 1976.
Among the state’s metro areas Dalton, in northwest Georgia, has the highest
rate at 13 percent. Athens has the lowest, at 7.6 percent, according to the
The members of the state ethics commission, eager to bring order to one of the most disordered corners of state government, hired a “receiver” last week to heal their agency and then did they only thing they could.
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