Cherokee County’s unemployment rate has dipped back under 7 percent for the month of February, making the county once again one of the lowest areas for unemployment for the metro area.
The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.9 percent is a decrease from 7.1 percent in January and a marked drop from 7.8 percent in February a year ago, according to data released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.
From January, the county’s labor force decreased from 116,039 to 115,182, and the employment number also saw a slight drop from 107,744 to 107,268 last month. The number of unemployed Cherokee residents also declined from 8,295 in January to 7,914.
The state agency also reported that metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate also saw a decrease to 8.3 percent in February, a drop from 8.7 percent in January. The rate was 9.3 percent in February 2012.
GDOL representatives said the rate declined because the number of jobs increased and there were fewer new layoffs, as initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits decreased.
There were also about 6,400 new jobs in metro Atlanta in February, with most of the growth in professional and business services and education and health care. However, some seasonal jobs were lost in trade, transportation and warehousing.
For the state, the seasonally unadjusted rate for February was 8.6 percent, down from 8.7 percent the previous month. Georgia’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in February 2011.
Other area unemployment rates include Bartow at 9 percent, Clayton at 10.3 percent, Cobb at 7.4 percent, DeKalb at 8.5 percent, Douglas at 8.8 percent, Fayette at 7.3 percent, Forsyth at 6.4 percent, Fulton at 8.9 percent and Gwinnett at 7.4 percent and Paulding at 7.8 percent.